About 850 head of elite Genesus registered Pure Breed pigs were loaded onto a China Cargo Airlines Boeing 747 freighter at the Winnipeg International Airport this week for a non-stop flight to China.

Giastar, the buyer in China, is located in Chengdu, Sichaun province. Giastar is a feed manufacturer with 1 million ton capacity. The pigs will be placed into a newly constructed barn, specifically designed for use as a nucleus.

Giastar’s goal is to have 5 million pigs in production. They also currently operate a meat processing facility with 500,000 head capacity.

Genesus has the largest registered purebred herd in the world, with many Genesus herds producing over 30 pigs per sow per year, according to a company press release.