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Hypor Genetics Arrive in South Korea

by 5m Editor
28 March 2008, at 7:54am

SOUTH KOREA - The first shipment of Hypor breeding stock has arrived in South Korea. The consignment of 197 GGPs arrived on during February and the second shipment is currently in quarantine and expected to be delivered early April.

Hypor’s alliance with Korean agri-business leader Easy Bio aims to provide Korean farmers high genetic potential pigs of a consistent carcase quality.

The Korean company is a biotechnology-led business with a focus on developing, manufacturing and the commercialisation of value-added products. Areas of its work include functional feed additives, animal health and environment-care products.

The company was established in March 1988 has huge interests in the livestock nutrition and production businesses. Currently it operates three feed companies and a total of eight plants. Its swine production business comprises nine farms with a sow population of 10,300. It has also expanded its area of distribution, from South Korea to Brazil, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand , Philippines and Taiwan.

Easy Bio’s choice for Hypor breeders underlines the strength of its sire and dam lines, and it further demonstrates Hypor’s success with their global/local focus in breeding, says the company. South Korea has a distinct requirement on pork quality which is different from the rest of the world. The Korean market seeks high intra-muscular fat, similar to the type of pork valued in Japan. And as Hypor has been serving the Japanese market for more than 25 years it has the expertise and experience required in Korea's specialty market.

High Health

Easy Bio will also benefits from the 'BioHypor program' which uses the latest breeding technology to help producers maintain optimum rates of genetic progress and pig quality

Under this closed herd program, Hypor will supply high-health breeding stock from Canada to initially populate the Easy Bio nucleus. This will be followed-up by frequent semen delivery from superior boars. Breeding values for all pigs in the Easy Bio farm will be supplied regularly and dedicated sow management software will be used to collect and analyse performance information and data. The information from the Easy Bio nucleus will become part of the worldwide BioHypor database which cumulates data on performance of Hypor Purelines from all over the world.

Through the BioHypor program, participants have access to the best available genes of purebred sires from various Hypor AI Studs. The program starts with high health animals, and guarantees the highest genetic progress with exceptional performance.

Benefits

Producers benefit from regular technical support visits and benchmark comparisons against other producers within the system. BioHypor helps to reduce costs as it generates maximum technical performance and reduces the cost of production, especially when compared to the investments required for conventional replacement systems, says Hypor.

Herds in the program do not need to regularly purchase replacement breeding stock. This reduces the high veterinarian cost due to disease risks and also mitigates reduced performance due to lower health status. With BioHypor, producers can effectively minimize the delay in dissemination of genetic superiority from GGP to F1, says Hypor. Producers can steer their program for tailor-made final products that meet their local quality demands.

Easy Bio is currently working with several local Swine farmers in Korea under a group called 'Farms World'. They will be the first to benefit from the Hypor stock and the products will be marketed independently to slaughter houses, supermarkets and pork meat distributors and retailers.

5m Editor