JSR Genetics and Topigs Norsvin have reached an agreement to form a pig genetic partnership for Great Britain. JSR Genetics will become the exclusive distributor of Topigs Norsvin genetics in Great Britain and the artificial insemination (AI) activities of AIM UK in Great Britain will be integrated into the JSR AI network. AIM UK is part of the Topigs Norsvin AI network.
In addition, JSR Genetics and Topigs Norsvin will combine their research and development programs. The international activities of JSR are not included in the partnership.
The sow line breeding of JSR will now be “powered by Topigs Norsvin,” the companies stated, which means Topigs Norsvin will be responsible for breeding value calculations and other technology related to the JSR breeding program in Great Britain.
Chairman of JSR Bernard Hoggarth stated: “With this agreement, two leading companies in the world of pig genetics are joining forces to achieve faster genetic progress. Both companies retain their independence and it allows JSR to offer their customers in Great Britain more choice and a world class range of competitive products. We look forward to offering our clients in Great Britain the very best of both companies’ extensive portfolios.”
JSR CEO Tim Rymer added: “For the British market, it means that pig producers get access to the latest genetic developments in pig breeding supported and driven by one of the largest research and development programs in the world. Pig genetics is moving at a pace, this gives JSR Genetics instant access to the world of genomics.”
Martin Bijl, CEO of Topigs Norsvin, said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement with JSR Genetics. As the most innovative and leading pig genetics company in the world we can supply world class research and development and products to JSR whilst JSR offers significant infrastructure and reputation which gives us a great opportunity to develop and grow in Great Britain.“