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First Imports of Pigs from Ireland to Japan

by 5m Editor
11 November 2009, at 11:16am

JAPAN - In February 2009 the health certificate facilitating trade in porcine species was officially agreed between the Irish and Japanese veterinary authorities.


Hermitage pigs arrive in Narita

Start of Japanese quarantine for teh Hermitage pigs

Hermitage, which has approximately 75 per cent of the market share in Ireland, has been exporting their breeding pigs globally because of their outstanding prolificacy and performance.

Since 2005, Global Pig Farms, Inc. and Hermitage have been closely working together and this collaboration has included field surveys of Hermitage Genetics in both North America and Ireland.

Following these successful evaluations, Global Pig Farms Inc decided to use Hermitage Genetics for their future breeding programmes and for the first time ever in Japan the breeding pigs were imported from Ireland into Akachi Genetics, Inc. Fukushima Breeding Centre.

In August last, the first shipment of 91 purebred gilts (Landrace, Large White, and Duroc) and 10 F1 gilts were selected, and were air-transported to Narita at the end of September following their pre-export quarantine in Ireland.

On arrival in Japan, the animals had a further quarantine period in the Japanese animal quarantine in Narita.

All the pigs were then transported to the Fukushima Breeding Centr. Both Hermitage and Global Pig Farms look forward to excellent collaboration in the Japanese market.