Benchmark Holdings PLCSalmoBreed and its sister company Stofnfiskur were acquired by Benchmark Holdings in 2014, as part of its strategy for growth in breeding and genetics.
SalmoBreed belongs to Benchmark Breeding & Genetics division which currently consists of five companies providing various products and services within breeding and genetics:
- StofnFiskur and SalmoBreed: Roe of Atlantic salmon
- Spring Genetics: Larvae and fry of Nile Tilapia
- Genética Spring: Post Larvae of shrimp species L. Vannamei
- Akvaforsk Genetics: Technical genetic services
We have a close and good cooperation with our sister company in Iceland, StofnFiskur. Together we work sharing knowledge and experiences in relation to genetics, product development, sales and logistics. SalmoBreed sells and distributes roe from StofnFiskur to the Norwegian market. This means that Norwegian customers interested in roe from Iceland need to contact one of our sales representatives for supply and delivery agreements.
In 2015 the companies launched in cooperation a new product – CrossBreed - which consists of roe produced by StofnFiskur that is fertilized with milt from SalmoBreed strain. Since the milt is frozen, this product can be delivered the whole year around - also during the summer months. It is expected a heterosis effect on roes because it is the result of a crossing of two different salmon strains. According to the established studies within breeding, this should produce salmon that has greater genetic progress in properties with low inheritability (for example: growth, sexual maturation, survival). Crossbreed had a huge success in 2015/2016 season, and is working for a continuous improvement of the method and increased capacity, to ensure that even more customers can deliver the product outside the spawning natural season.
StofnFiskur also has a number of special products such as Organic roe, Triploid roe and All-female roe. These products are offered to Norwegian customers through SalmoBreed.
SalmoBreed has a long and good working relationship with the sister company Akvaforsk Genetics, which is the world’s leader in technical genetic services. The company contributes to SalmoBreed in their breeding program with the design of breeding plans, genetic calculations and selection of breeding candidates.
A large genetic environment
Together the companies form in Benchmark Breeding & Genetics a large and unique technical environment within research, breeding and genetics that few other breeding companies in the world can match. This is a strong advantage for the customers that work with us, using this competence to access the latest and most advanced products available in the market.
Meeting of the Benchmark Breeding & Genetics specialist group in Sunndalsøra, August 2016
The group consists of 5 divisions that represent different skills and knowledge. Together, the divisions comprise a “gear-box” that will help in the creation of advances and improvements in aquaculture and agriculture.
Aquaculture is a very important element of Benchmark’s strategy, with a world population that is growing and will need more proteins from aquatic breeding species in the future. What makes Benchmark different from other service companies in the industry is the overall approach to the issues related to health. By correlating genetics with medical research, diagnostics and feed, Benchmark believes it will be possible to achieve significant progress in reducing - and even eliminating - many of the main risks and threats that characterize aquaculture today.
The Gear box with Benchmark's 5 divisions