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Breeding Pigs Leave UK for the Philippines

by 5m Editor
5 August 2008, at 11:48am

UK - The first consignment of breeding pigs since foot-and-mouth stopped all exports of breeding animals last autumn, has been exported to Asia by JJ Genetics, of Caxton, Cambridge.

Forty-four pigs have been sent to the Co family's Edward Agri Farms Corp, in the Philippines.

Edward, Enrique Jnr and Eugene Co came to England to select breeding stock from the Large White, Welsh and Duroc herds of JJ Genetics.

Enrique manages a nucleus herd of 250 sows which supplies the breeding stock for his family’s commercial farms as well as for other commercial units in the area.

The commercial herds, totalling 2,700 sows, are based on maternal Large White cross Welsh females and terminal sires using a combination of terminal Large Whites, Duroc and Pietrain.

Eugene has been impressed with the mothering ability of the Welsh pigs and exceptional growth rate if the Large White and needed to import new stock to improve his existing Welsh and Large White lines.

This imported stock will up date the existing JJ Genetics stock imported 12 years ago. Enrique Jnr reports he is pleased with the stock he has imported and with the way the pigs have settled in the Philippines. He has ordered another shipment from JJ Genetics for delivery in February.

5m Editor