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ACMC signs huge pig-breeding deal in China

ACMC, a British pig-breeding company have signed a major deal within China to deliver genetically-advanced pigs.

In the deal, worth over half a million pounds sterling (€630,000) ACMC will supply 525 breeding animals to pig production, processing and retailing company, the ShiJiaZuang Shuang Ge Food Co, Shijiazhuang City in HeBei Province, which will use them to establish a brand new nucleus unit on a green-field site.

Franchise arrangement
As well as providing pigs for its own use, the company will also be supplying improved breeding animals to other pig farmers within the Province, under a 15-year franchise arrangement. Once established, the stock will be able to produce over one million slaughter pigs annually — normally finished at around 110 kg liveweight — to help feed the Province's human population of 64 million.

Delivery of the animals — which includes Meidam and Volante damlines and Vantage FC sirelines — is scheduled to start this October. ACMC will be providing technical support for the nucleus herd's genetic and general management programme in addition to a regular supply of up-to-date genes in the form of semen.

"This very progressive company already farms 2,000 sows and it is looking to help meet China's demand for pork which is increasing rapidly as its GDP grows," commented ACMC's Chairman Stephen Curtis, who personally negotiated the deal.

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