For the first time in more than 15 years, live breeding pigs have been delivered to continental Europe from the U.S.
In May, PIC successfully imported a total 45 grandparent boars for delivery to PIC Spain's Artificial Insemination Centre (CIA) in Galicia, Spain, and to customer CIA's throughout the country.
A few months ago, this import wouldn't have been possible; however, recent amendments to European Union regulations now allow for the introduction of live breeding pigs from the U.S., PIC said.
Originating at PIC's state-of-the-art Genetic Nucleus, APEX, in South Dakota; the breeding pigs departed from Chicago O'Hare Airport and arrived in Luxembourg. They were then were transported by truck to Spain.
"This shipment was a great team effort between the PIC teams, U.S. and EU health officials," said Mike Walters, director of PIC export. "This, and future planned shipments, allow us to increase the rate of genetic improvement to our customers in Spain and across Europe. This opens another pipeline from North America, in addition to our Canadian Genetic Nucleus, Aurora. With the continued exports from Canada, this shipment marks the first of several planned exports from the U.S. to our PIC companies and partners throughout Europe; allowing PIC additional opportunities to meet the needs of the European market."
PIC is the international leader in providing pig breeding stock. The company combines quantitative sciences with leading-edge biotechnology to develop non-genetically modified organism breeding stock that is focused on meeting the needs of its customers. Operating for more than 50 years, PIC's success is attributed to its significant investment in people, genetics, technology and health.
PIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.K.-based Genus plc, which markets to livestock producers in 70 countries worldwide. Genus also is the parent company of ABS Global, the world's leading beef and dairy genetics and related products.