Canadian pigs venture to Chile and China
Polar Genetics Group located in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada has announced the appointment of High Quality Genetic S.A. of Concepcion,
Chile, as its exclusive representative and multiplier for Chile, Argentina and
An initial shipment of 275 GP Yorkshire, Landrace and Duroc gilts and 16 GP
Yorkshire, Landrace and Duroc Boars was delivered from Canada to Chile by air in
March 2007 for the multiplication of F1 parent gilts and Duroc terminal boars in
order to supply high health replacement stock for both the development of an
integrated commercial hog production system in Chile as well as to pig producers
in Chile, Argentina and Peru.
The first litters were born in October 2007. In order to further grow and
develop the system, subsequent shipments of GP stock are planned in the
In addition, the eventual inclusion of a GGP nucleus and central AI stud with
the capacity to support the entire breeding and commercial pyramid is envisaged.
The company has also announced the formation of a
Joint Venture company with the Heilongjiang Senyu Animal Husbandry Industry Co
Ltd located in the province of Heilongjiang, China.
The new company named Heilongjiang Sino-Canadian Senyu-Polar Swine Genetics
Co Ltd (Senyu-Polar Genetics) will breed both GP gilts and boars for the
development of an integrated multiplication network that will produce and supply
F1 parent gilts and terminal boars to pig producers in China.
The nucleus herd will also breed boars in order to supply a network of AI
Centres that will be developed in the province to provide both terminal and
maternal line semen for sale and distribution.
An initial shipment of 628 head including 542 GGP purebred gilts, 26 GGP
purebred boars and 60 AI boars successfully arrived by air at the Harbin
International Airport on Friday, October 12. Upon arrival the pigs were
immediately placed in quarantine at the JV company's new 700 sow capacity
nucleus herd located near Jiamusi City.
The quarantine was officially completed on November 27, 2007. The breeding
programme will commence which will be linked directly to the Canadian Centre for
Swine Improvement in order to achieve maximum genetic selection and improvement
within the nucleus herd.
AI boars provided for the project will enter into semen collection for
immediate distribution and sale following the quarantine and start-up period.
â€¢ Polar Genetics
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