In August, RA-SE Genetics delivered breeding pigs from Rattlerow Farms in the United Kingdom to ELITA's nucleus farm in Ukraine. A second delivery is planned for September to complete the population of 600 pure line great-grandprogeny (GGP) sows and boars. ELITA is currently a distributor of RA-SE Genetics in Ukraine.
Since 2004, RA-SE Genetics has been active in the Ukrainian market as a supplier of pig genetics. The company regularly exports breeding animals from RA-SE Genetics farms and partners in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
The project will use a genetic match program to guarantee up-to-date genetic progress. The breeding stock produced from the nucleus will be marketed in the growing Ukrainian pig production sector. Pure line GGP stock will be replaced by animals produced from imported frozen semen from RA-SE Genetics. Ukrainian and Belgian veterinary authorities are working on a bilateral agreement for the importation of deep-frozen pig semen from Belgium. The first export of deep-frozen semen to Ukraine is planned for the end of 2013.