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What do we do?

We produce and distribute a highly specialized product, doses of porcine semen of the best genetics.We are a company with a high biotechnology component dedicated to the provision of services of great added value: Our work and continuous innovation helps to increase profitability and the quality of thousands of farms from all over the world. So, we contribute to optimize the results of the most competitive genetic improvement companies in the global market.

Productos

DOSE

Fresh Semen in a tube/blister or pouch, as well as Gedis and the innovative antibacterial BactiBag®. Frozen in straw of 0.5 ml with high spermatozoa concentration.

QUALITY

Sum of details: Selection of boars, animal welfare, extraction, exhaustive control of doses in three laboratory phases and constant innovative procedures and logistic process.

BIOSAFETY

Biosafety measures that exceeds any European standard, with all the constant environmental conditions and advanced ventilation systems. The risk tends to zero.

PROLIFICITY

Maximum effectiveness rates with several recognitions and awards. Behind it lies a deep innovative effort in techniques, methods and procedures.

LOGISTICS

National delivery in 24 hours and international shipments between 2 to3 days, with real-time tracking. All with best practices to keep the quality of the product intact.

SERVICES

In the end, we are a service company with high added value. In addition to serving our doses to thousands of clients, we equally collaborate in genetic development with our partners doing consultancy in the development of a wide typology of projects.
GENETICS SERVICE
We collaborate in the genetic improvement of the main European and American companies in the sector.
ADVICE
We advise customers who want to improve the quality of their meat or introduce new genetics.
ASSOCIATION
We establish strategic alliances with customers and suppliers to compete and grow together.
DEVELOPMENT
We develop projects for third parties or in a collaborative way with clients, suppliers and collaborators.

R+D+i

PHILOSOPHY

Semen Cardona have been continuously committed to innovation for the past three decades. Our technical department is always immersed in R + D + I processes from macro to the most micro scale. From the observations and constant improvement of the practices at our centers toward the development of international projects in collaboration with technological centers, universities and other European companies. The main innovation points are the ones we are following.

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PHILOSOPHY

Semen Cardona have been continuously committed to innovation for the past three decades. Our technical department is always immersed in R + D + I processes from macro to the most micro scale. From the observations and constant improvement of the practices at our centers toward the development of international projects in collaboration with technological centers, universities and other European companies. The main innovation points are the ones we are following.

MAXIMUM PROLIFICITY
In just 20 years, we have managed to move from an average of 20 piglets per year to over 36, with farms that have reached 38.

TOTAL BIOSAFETY
We are not satisfied complying with European biosafety standards. The safety and health of animals are the keys to our activity and we continuously investigate to always go one step beyond the rest of the sector, in terms of air filtration, insulation techniques, materials, processes and technologies that have been achieved. The ZERO incidents guarantee throughout the life our company.

MEAT QUALITY
In collaboration with the best genetic improvement and gene-transfer companies in Europe, Semen Cardona develops important research to help improve the species and livestock herds of our customers, in the line of improving the quality of the resulting meat and, therefore, the opportunities of the producers.

ANIMAL WELFARE
With no doubt, it is the first transmission piece in the other gears. We have achieved extraordinary improvements during these years, which have served to ensure that animals are in perfect ground, environmental, acoustic and healthy conditions.

HEALTHY CHAIN
The organoleptic quality is not enough. In terms of nutritional matters and especially in the antibiotics reduction we work in the elaboration of absolutely healthy doses that contributes to an absolutely healthy meat to ameliorate, in short, the health of the final consumer.

PROJECTS

To achieve these results, we add to the effort and talent of our technical team the collaboration with important companies of the sector as well as private and public research centres, such as the reproduction Department of the Veterinary Faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona or Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the swine reproduction Biotechnology group of the University of Girona (UDG), as well as prestigious and recognized Veterinary and hospital foundations.

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PROJECTS

To achieve these results, we add to the effort and talent of our technical team the collaboration with important companies of the sector as well as private and public research centres, such as the reproduction Department of the Veterinary Faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona or Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the swine reproduction Biotechnology group of the University of Girona (UDG), as well as prestigious and recognized Veterinary and hospital foundations.

SafeSemen 2000 (1998-2002)
A research project financed by the European Union (European Commission’s Eureka program), in collaboration with a French partner and the University of Barcelona (UB). It consisted of the development of a completely isolated module for 25 boars, with filtered air and environmental conditions, lighting and power supply optimized, aimed at the creation of compact centers for artificial insemination. The result was extraordinary, with conclusions of direct application in the development of our methodology.

Adaptation to the Pietrain
Between 2003 and 2004, with the rise in the Pietrain breed and its lean meat characteristics, we investigated with the introduction of different additives, especially carnitine, to guarantee a better genetic transfer for a higher meat quality. At the same time, the vigor and strength of the Pietrain challenged us to find the ideal design to avoid problems with the legs and thighs, so as to guarantee the well-being of the boars and logically ensures the maximum yield of their sperm doses. Our AIC Migjorn acted as a pilot plant for an innovative soil system that we have incorporated to the other centers, it has given excellent results and has also been replicated by many companies in the sector.

The Duroc and its feeding

Duroc’s exponential growth in demand has led us to develop different research in recent years, the results of which generates extraordinary improvements in the seminal quality of the boars in this Genetic lineage. Through feed additives, like unsaturated fatty acids (omega-3, especially DHA), we formulates a high-value-added feed which improves the life quality of animals and, therefore, the productivity of our doses, sperm quality and the quality of the meat of new generations.

Remove any antibiotic

Currently, we are conducting a European macro project (CDTI Eureka) with a European partner to eliminate all the antibiotics of semen doses, which have so far required small amounts of antibiotics in its diluent base to ensure biosafety and eliminate any possibility of contamination, bacteriological development. We are working on inhibiting any bacterium through antibiotic-free diluents and the help of natural peptides. This corresponds to what is undoubtedly the future of the livestock sector: To produce without antibiotics at any point in the value chain. At Semen Cardona, we believe that, as difficult as it may be, it is essential to start with the first gear of artificial insemination.

Parallelly, we have opted for the use of a development by IMB Company with whom we collaborate, which consists of a container for semen doses completely free from antibiotic. This system will be an increased value for the diluter system that we hope to market in two years.

Small details of great importance

In parallel with any major collaborative research project, Semen Cardona’s technical department is immersed in small initiatives, studies and tests to improve the quality, productivity and wellfare of animals. They are small details of great importance, ranging from the design of its own feed or beverage systems to the constant improvements in biosafety on farms, laboratories and quarantines, optimization of environments concerning temperature, humidity, lighting, acoustic or air purity and logistical issues, control of orders, tracking of shipments and continuous improvement thanks to feedback from our customers. Everything that serves for improvement, makes us innovate.