More AC1 hybrid gilts fly east

UK - ACMC secures further order from Philippines
calendar icon 28 February 2007
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Less than eighteen months after establishing a new market for breeding stock in the Philippines, Yorkshire-based pig-breeding company ACMC has received another large order for genetically-advanced pigs.

ACMC company vet, Elena Miguel (left), with Adrian Mabaga, farm manager on the Wellisa Farms unit in the Philippines.

Happy pigs - scheduled flights and constant attention ensured these pigs arrived in peak condition.
Due to expansion to meet increased demand, Wellisa Farms on the tropical island of Bantayan, near Cebu, has taken delivery of a further 50 genetically-improved pigs. These will boost production from the original 230 animals used to set up a nucleus and multiplier unit to supply the company’s 600-sow commercial herd and breeding stock for sale to other Filipino pig units.

Results from the AC1 hybrid gilt - particularly in terms of litter size - proved to be so good that brothers Wellington and Rudy Chanlim, who own Wellisa Farms, decided to expand without delay. With 500,000 laying hens the brothers already owns one of the largest egg farms in the country and their new pig venture is becoming an integrated business by developing close ties with Cebu City’s busiest abattoirs.

The UK order was worth nearly £30,000, but transportation -which included a scheduled KLM flight from Amsterdam to Manila accompanied by the company’s veterinary surgeon -added a further £19,000 to the cost. “This gives an indication of the value they place upon our stock,” commented ACMC chairman Stephen Curtis, who makes frequent trips to the Far East.

Wellisa Farms are now using their own privately-owned shipping line to deliver breeding stock from island to island to meet demand from the fast-growing list of customers.

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