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‘Big data’ works best with broad adoption of multiple platforms

July 05, 2019 / Ann Hess

The geneticist says the phenotypes collected via automated recording platforms could provide a more comprehensive overview of the genetic potential of an animal. When it comes to the future of big data in swine integration, one might say the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” After all, integrated companies that have genetic data from the commercial level all the way back to the nucleus can use that data to not only select animals for best economic performance, but also to maximize productivity and uniformity. “I think it’s a really exciting time to be an integrated company because you can really start to see the benefits of big data coming through at the commercial level,” says Jeremy Howard, a geneticist with Smithfield Premium Genetics. “If we can trace these animals back to the nucleus, we can start to better understand what these more potentially relevant phenotypes are — phenotypes that we’ve never had the opportunity to ...