ACMC scoops double helping of Russian trade

British pig breeding company ACMC has landed two huge orders for genetically improved pigs from the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.

The initial delivery of over 300 great grandparent stock, worth £250,000, is to be followed by further shipments later in 2007.

These will amount to a total of 640 nucleus animals when complete.

The animals will be used to stock a new nucleus breeding herd being set up by Agrofirma SABA, an integrated farming operation in Tatarstan under a franchise agreement.

This will supply breeding animals to multiplying farms in the area, which will then produce improved stock for commercial production locally.

As part of the deal, SABA's new manager, Pere Rovira Verges, has received six weeks' training at ACMC's Upton Farm.

ACMC chairman Stephen Curtis said: "The nucleus foundation stock currently being supplied will support 60,000 commercial sows, which, in turn, will produce over 3m slaughter pigs annually."

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