Nearly 900 breeding pigs have flown to China in a 747 specially chartered by JSR Genetics, UK.
The animals were on route to Hubei Jinxu JSR Breeding Limited, the joint venture between JSR and Chinese pig producers Hubei Cofco, to create a brand new nucleus herd.
“We are delighted be establishing a nucleus herd here in the Hubei Province,” says Paul Anderson, JSR’s international sales director. “A strong presence here is very important to us. China is home to half the world’s pigs and pork consumption is still growing. JSR is certainly is targeting China as a major growth area in the coming years. The Hubei Province is centrally located with an excellent distribution network, so success here is crucial.”
Breeding nucleus farm
The animals are the latest major consignment of JSR pigs sent to China and follow a delivery in March 2011 of over 800 JSR Genepacker GGP Gilts and JSR Geneconverter GGP Boars to stock a new breeding nucleus farm with the Guangzhou Animal Husbandry Company (GZAH), based in Guangzhou province.
This latest delivery of 885 animals for Hubei Jinxu JSR comprises of Genepacker 1 and 2 dam lines and Geneconverter 500 and 700 sire lines. It will enable the nucleus herd to breed not only Genepacker 90 gilts – known for their consistent lifetime performance – but establish new markets by using the Geneconverter 700 boar to increase carcase yields.
The pigs were accompanied at every stage of their 12 hour journey by Darren Farnsworth, the company’s export co-ordinator. “We were able to quickly load and unload 28 double-decker pallets that we could then despatch onto lorries straight to the new nucleus farm. Once there, the pigs all quickly settled into their 45 day quarantine period. A lot of work, a lot of detail, goes into an international delivery like this – from export licences and health checks to flights and quarantines – but the end result is well worth it. The whole operation went very smoothly.”
The new 900 sow nucleus unit – based on a 66 ha site – will be run by general manager Zhang and a team of around 30 staff.
The team has undergone two periods of training with JSR in the UK.
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