JSR Genetics has shipped 885 high genetic merit breeding pigs to China to create a new nucleus herd at Hubei Jinxu JSR Breeding Limited, the joint venture between JSR and Chinese pig producers Hubei COFCo.

The delivery includes 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 carcass yields. “We are delighted be establishing a nucleus herd here in the Hubei Province,” said 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 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 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, based in Guangzhou province.