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Canadian pigs sold to China

Canadian swine genetics continue to compete well around the world and especially recently in China where the hog production sector is rapidly modernizing.

Evidence of the trend was on display at the recent Ontario Pork Congress (OPC) where Alliance Genetics Canada (AGC) and Donaldson International announced a deal with a Chinese delegation to send $2.5 million worth of swine genetics to China.

Jim Donaldson, of Donaldson International, which markets genetics internationally for AGC and Yan Xuejun, president of Inner Mongolia Dahaoheshaw Agriculture and Husbandry Science and Technology Co. Ltd. signed the deal for 1000 sows and 1000 doses of frozen swine semen in a public ceremony at the OPC.

Dahaoheshaw has eight farms with 12,000 sows and the new sows will provide the genetic nucleus for an expansion.

The Yorkshire, Landrace and Duroc animals will continue the three-way cross genetics popular in North America and in China.

Yan said through a translator that 70 per cent of the animals in China are a three-way cross based on European and North American genetics.

Yan Xuejun, president of the Inner Mongolia Dahaoheshaw Agriculture, talks about his farms in China at the Ontario Pork Congress.
photo: John Greig

At the Dahaoheshaw farms, pigs are produced in barns with modern technology, said Yan, including using major European equipment suppliers.

There are three areas where Canadian hog farms are different from Chinese farms, said Yan, including more detailed breeding, faster growth and more piglets per litter in Canada.

The world is much more connected and that includes sharing information from the outcome of the use of Canadian swine genetics across the world.

Donaldson says that between 20 and 30 Chinese farms with Canadian genetics feed data back into the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement (CCSI) database. That allows for comparison to how the genetics are performing versus the farms where the pig originated in Canada.

Dave Vandenbroek, CEO of AGC, said that the CCSI can customize indices for foreign markets, which then helps identify Canadian pigs that can meet the specific goals of buyers in different countries.

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Donaldson International and AGC follow up genetics sales with training on areas such as breeding, feeding, health and biosecurity, said Vandenbroek.

“We don’t just want to sell genetics just to make a sale. We’re in the business of improving our customers, providing the economic benefit of our genetics,” he said.

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John Greig has spent his career in agriculture journalism and communications. He lives on a farm near Ailsa Craig, Ontario. Contact John at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jgreig



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