UK to export pig semen to China
UK will now export pig semen for breeders in China according to an agreement. This a deal could be worth as much as £45m to the industry.
Prime Minister David Cameron has signed a multi- million pound trade deal with China which will benefit the Pig farmers in Northern Ireland.
Robert Overend of Deerpark Pedigree Pigs in Bellaghy, Co Londonderry said he was delighted at the agreement. The company already exports to the Philippines, Thailand and the USA.
In 1985 he started the first privately owned artificial insemination centre for pigs in Ireland.
He mentioned that, "There have been lots of negotiations and we have already had Chinese vets at our premises, inspecting our labs and breeding facilities."
Britain is also trying to talk to Beijing to allow the export of "fifth quarter" of the pig which includes intestines, trotters, head, eyes and ears which are widely eaten by Chinese diners but are waste products in the UK pork industry.
Exports of trotters could fetch as much as £7.5m a year for the industry in the UK.
England and Northern Ireland are expected to start exporting fresh and frozen semen from four artificial insemination centers early next year.
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