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The golden age for breeding organisations appears to have started. The Chinese pig industry will leave no stone unturned to get back into business, which was halved due to African Swine Fever.


Genetics. He explains that in 2019, the company expanded its capacity, built more breeding farms and adjusted its breeding programme – all measures so it could provide new pigs to China. Schirmer says, “I expect growing demand from China in the second half of 2020, and for 2021 I expect sales will tru- ly peak.” Jeroen van de Camp is regional sales manager at Hypor, the pig breeding division within Hendrix Genetics. He’s also look- ing ahead. Both in France and in the United States, the com- pany has converted its multiplication farms into nucleus farms. Annually, these farms can jointly produce at least 10,000 pure line animals for China, which is in addition to the existing capacity. From Denmark there is also activity. Several flights transport- ing DanBred breeding pigs are planned to go to China. The first flight landed at Guiyang airport late May.


Production on the spot In theory, it is possible to ship breeding pigs to China from five countries: Canada, the US, Denmark, France and the UK. In practice, however, politics also influences shipments. Trade wars, geopolitical tensions or the row resulting from the de- tainment of a Huawei Chinese executive – these things all af- fect shipping, and the borders are still closed for genetics suppliers based in Canada and the US. For breeding compa- nies, these are reasons to start producing pigs on the spot and start cooperating with local partners. Genus, parent company of PIC, has therefore embarked on a strategic partnership with the Chinese state-owned company Beijing Capital Agribusiness (BCA), which will distribute PIC genetics within China. In addition, PIC also owns its own nu- cleus farms in China and has contracted breeding farms. This situation is a great asset for the company, as export of breed- ing animals from the US to China has been reduced due to the trade war between the two countries – and smoothing things over may take some time. Ernst van Orsouw is the company’s global manager of strategy and marketing and he is closely involved with the Chinese market. He expects that PIC will be shipping breeding animals from the US to China during 2020.


Nucléus has also been active in China for over 20 years, and in 2015 the company started up a nucleus farm in Henan prov- ince. Like all its nucleus farms, this facility has a Specific


A shipment of Axiom breeding animals is loaded onto a plane bound for China. ▶PIG PROGRESS | Volume 36, No. 4, 2020 11


PHOTO: AXIOM


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