Benchmark Holdings plc

Benchmark is a pioneering innovation company operating in the aquaculture, agriculture and animal health sectors.

About Benchmark Breeding & Genetics

Akvaforsk Genetics has been part of the Breeding & Genetics Division of Benchmark Holdings plc since 2015.

The division runs advanced breeding programs for Atlantic salmon and Nile tilapia, and in addition provides extensive technical services to a number of similar programs covering all major farmed aquaculture species through Akvaforsk Genetics.

We work continuously on genetic improvements to support the sustainability efforts of the aquaculture industry.

We have worked in close collaboration with the companies in the division over many years:

  • With Spring Genetics, we have developed the Spring Tilapia® strain in a family based selection program designed and technically supported by our genetics team. This has resulted in a genetic material that is highly regarded by tilapia farmers throughout Latin America and known for fast growth, robustness and high feed conversion efficiency. As the first breeding company in tilapias, Spring Genetics has implemented large scale testing and selection of improved disease resistance based on controlled challenge testing. 
  • We have long standing collaboration with SalmoBreed in Norway, providing design and technical services to their breeding program for Atlantic salmon strain. The SalmoBreed strain is recognized for its robustness and disease resistance, high survival, excellent growth, and high product quality.
  • We are currently working with SalmoBreed and Stofnfiskur in Iceland to optimally combine their selected lines of Atlantic salmon into a common line.
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The Benchmark Breeding & Genetics Division has increased the effectiveness of our work together.

Becoming a member of Benchmark group has further increased Akvaforsk Genetics’ capacity to serve aquaculture industries worldwide to the highest standards. 

Through Benchmark we work closely with a large team of highly qualified experts within other key areas for development of sustainable production, including animal health and advanced nutrition. This provides a unique opportunity to work on holistic solutions for solving the challenges ahead for the aquaculture industry.

About Benchmark Holdings plc

Benchmark is a pioneering innovation company operating in the aquaculture, agriculture and animal health sectors. Benchmark’s purpose is to set a new benchmark for sustainable living, starting with food production.

Benchmark’s ability to innovate, develop and successfully drive progress is defined by the skill, experience and commitment of it’s people and by world-leading research, operational and manufacturing capabilities.

Benchmark Holdings plc operates five divisions that effectively bring together knowledge of breeding and genetics, vaccines, health products, veterinary science, farming and husbandry.

This allows us to offer end-to-end solutions that would be impossible without this company wide collaboration. Our knowledge and innovation is anchored in practical, grounded experience. We aim to identify the best and the most effective solutions to solving our customers’ problems.

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