The porcine genetics subsidiary of Genus, PIC China, has signed an agreement to add more nucleus herd capacity to its nationwide network of breeding stock production.

The company has contracted to lease a new 600-sow farm in the north-eastern province of Liaoning. Construction has already begun and will be stocked by import early in 2009. The herd will function primarily as a sire line nucleus, producing a range of high-performance boars to maximize the rate for multiplication of elite genetics to be used by China's foremost pork producers.