Ireland-based pig breeding company Hermitage will open another AI centre near its Kilkenny headquarters by the end of 2009, director Ned Nolan reveals.

He told Pig International that the state-of-the-art stud at Callan will have places for 240 boars, taking the company’s total of AI boars in Ireland to 450, as it experiences a further surge in demand for semen supplies. It also maintains external studs in Germany (200 boars), Italy (180 boars) and the UK (160 boars). Additionally, Hermitage reports new exports of Hylean Maxgro nucleus/GGP animals to Canada and of dam-line purebreds to Japan.