Topigs and Norsvin have signed a strategic agreement that marks the start of a long-term collaboration between the two breeding companies.

The agreement makes it possible for Norsvin to use the Topigs Z-line for production of commercial sows in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Furthermore, it enables both companies to have access to new products and technology.

Specific pathogen-free, SPF, breeding stock and semen will be imported from the Netherlands or other approved high-health Topigs sources to build up a breeding population of Topigs Z-line breeding pigs in Norway. The import will allow Norsvin to introduce commercial sows with Topigs Z-line genes onto the Scandinavian market in early 2013.

Another part of the agreement is about the cooperation between Topigs and Norsvin in the field of research and development. Norsvin and Topigs have previously worked together on specific R&D projects and have now agreed to investigate the possibilities for further collaboration in research on swine genetics.