JSR Genetics has exported 262 Great Grandparent Gilts and Boars to India after winning a major tender in May 2019 to supply breeding stock to 6 North Eastern States.
Following several years of discussions, the successful tender was prepared in March 2019 by John Alexander, International Account Manager at JSR Genetics via the Indian Livestock Mission, and the Government of Mizoram State, contracts were agreed and import permits were issued.
Pigs were then selected in December 2019 at two JSR Nucleus sites before being put into UK quarantine in January 2020 for 30 days in preparation for export.
The shipment comprised of: 131 Hampshire Gilts and 48 Hampshire Boars; 44 Large White Gilts and 17 Large White Boars; 15 Landrace Gilts; and 7 Landrace Boars.
Following successful vet testing, the pigs were loaded onto specialist breeding stock transporters and taken to Schiphol Airport where they were transferred onto a plane to New Delhi at the end of February.
The pigs are new in quarantine which will last a total 30 days in New Delhi with additional vet testing before being distributed to the six North Eastern states in India. JSR Genetics will continue to provide technical assistance and genetic management services to the customers with the opportunity for follow up exports and expansion into the remaining two states in North Eastern India.
Tim Rymer, CEO of JSR Genetics, said that all pigs well and adapting to their new surroundings. He added: “We now need to make sure our customers get the best out of our top performing animals and we are confident that there will be additional deliveries when the benefits are seen by our customers.”