Yorkshire, UK-based pig breeding company JSR recently hosted business delegates from Xiangyang, in the Hubei province of China, during which the company and delegates discussed investment opportunities in the province, including a 900-herd nucleus facility. Xiangyang is in central China, with access to airports, railways and highways, and has been called China's national agricultural area, where farming contributes 16.7% of gross domestic product in the region.

Currently, six million pigs are slaughtered in the region each year, and the plan is to increase the figure to 100 million by 2020.

The delegates, who met with Paul Anderson, JSR international sales director, Glenn Dams, JSR managing director and Grant Walling, director of research and genetics, were keen to gain a greater insight into the work that JSR is undertaking in China, including the building and stocking of a 900-herd nucleus facility in Xiangyang.