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Sign of Times: GB Nucleus is Cut Back

by 5m Editor
27 February 2008, at 9:10am

UK - Leading pig breeding and genetics company JSR Genetics intends to reduce its United Kingdom nucleus herd. The cut backs will be made during this year - but it's not all down to the sad consequences of the current economic situation.

Plans were already underway for two sites, which were inherited when the company acquired the Cotswold Pig Development Company in 2002. These units are due to close this year as was another nucleus farm in Shropshire .

JSR's remaining UK sites, located in Oxfordshire and Cheshire, will see continued investment and remain the focal point for its United Kingdom and international operation. JSR also has a third party nucleus in Scotland which will not be affected by the changes.

JSR chairman Tim Rymer said that exporting pigs from the United Kingdom around the globe makes less and less sense these days.

“Demand for our products increases and lessons learnt across the world will continue to be applied to research here in the United Kingdom, concentrating on the three principal sites. Customers can be confident that the standard of product, and technical service, that they expect from JSR will continue," he added.

JSR has six nucleus units overseas and plans to expand this capacity. It is currently investigating the establishment of a Canadian nucleus herd which will complete its coverage across four continents.

5m Editor