About 900 high genetic merit breeding pigs have been delivered to China aboard a specially chartered jet by JSR Genetics, the leading U.K. pig genetics company, according to a company press release. The animals were delivered to Hubei Jinxu JSR Breeding Limited, a joint venture between JSR and Hubei COFCo, to create a 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.”
The animals are the latest major consignment of JSR pigs sent to China and follow a delivery last year 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 JSR Genepacker 1 and 2 dam lines and JSR 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, JSR’s Export Coordinator. “We were able to quickly load and unload 28 double-decker pallets that we could then dispatch 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 licenses and health checks to flights and quarantines - but the end result is well worth it. The whole operation went very smoothly.”