UK-based JSR Genetics signed a £1-million contract with the Chinese state-owned import/export company, China Animal Husbandry Group, in a new move set to accelerate the British pig breeding company’s growth in Asia.    

The sale of nearly 800 pigs, together with a tailor-made support and training package, was formalized during the UK visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in June. JSR will export 756 JSR grandparent stock to CAHG for three of its clients to improve breeding stock, herd productivity and the quality and quantity of lean meat in the slaughter pig.

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The consignment will include Genepacker GP Damline and Geneconverter 500 GP gilts and boars. “We are delighted to have finalized such a valuable contract at this time,” said Paul Anderson, international sales director at JSR. “Our international pig specialist will provide training for both CAHG and their clients. Covering farm management and production techniques, it will include feeding and nutrition and will ensure that they optimize the genetic potential of their investment and produce pigs that not only perform to the optimum, but suit the local Chinese market.”