Press release – June '15



The new AI-station ‘Velt Plus’ in Gornji Milanovac

"The combination of top quality genetics and high health production systems are a solid base for efficient pig production systems."
Lies Thermote, RA-SE Genetics

Serbia may not be known as a major pig producer, the country can rely on a strong tradition and has surely some advantages to further develop it. Vojvodina has the arable land for corn and protein production, the Danube is an exit towards the Black Sea and the traditional link to Russia can make exports easier. On the other hand, the country is preparing the entrance to the E.U.

Farms in Vojvodina are on average bigger compared to the rest of the country. Fully integrated production systems have the land, the pigs and the pig meat processing. The number of sows varies from 700 to 5500. The area of Mačva and Srem is known for smaller sized family farms. The AI center is ideally located to deliver the male line sperm to those farms. Female line production of customers in Vojvodina will be linked towards boars in this AI station via GENMATCH program. They’ll keep on importing the terminal sires directly from Europe.

This year, the first shipment of 30 boars of RA-SE Genetics was delivered from Belgium to the new AI station in Gornji Milanovac, around 120km south of Belgrade. Due to low density of pigs in the area and good biosecurity on the farm, the highest health level boars are sent.

It is the only AI station in Serbia that fulfils all EU rules about animal welfare, health status and sperm quality control.

The combination of high health and top quality genetics will undoubtedly be a plus for Serbian pig producers.

June 2015

Press release – May '14



"We are delighted to be working closely with Wayland Farms,owned by CRANSWICK plc. and believe we are ideally placed to run such an important project. We have an excellent technical team, supported by comprehensive research and development resources",
Robert Lawson, Joint Managing Director of Rattlerow Farms

from left to right: Glenn Damms MD Wayland Farms, Robert Lawson MD Rattlerow Farms and Charles Bowes Director of Wayland Farms

Rattlerow Farms, main shareholder of RA-SE Genetics, has set up a dedicated multiplication pyramid to supply damline breeding stock to Wayland Farms, the pig production division of processor and food manufacturer CRANSWICK plc.

Both companies have agreed to work together for Wayland‘s 10,000-sow breeding operation. Within the agreement, Rattlerow will manage a gilt mating unit for Wayland that will supply in-pig gilts to herds on a weekly basis. This long-term contract involves significant investment for Rattlerow and it fits into the company’s corporate plans to form closer working relationships with key pig producers and processors.

“Our aim is to help these businesses manage and improve their breeding programmes, enabling them to focus more on the business of commercial pig production,” said Robert Lawson.

Good natured proven performance

The RA-SE Genetics CORA gilt, which contains a proportion of Duroc genes, has an exceptional reputation for prolificacy and mothering ability. It also has an excellent temperament, is easy to manage and popular with both indoor and outdoor producers.

“As breeding programmes develop and continue to push greater efficiency, aggression appears to be becoming more of problem with certain genotypes. The docility of our damlines, and particularly the CORA female, is being noted by our customers,“ explained Mr. Lawson.

The breeding performance currently being achieved by a number of large producers in England using Rattlerow genetics’, along with technical support were the main drivers to agree a five year delivery plan.

This deal, together with recent agreements with KARRO Foods (former VION) to supply and manage its gilt breeding and AI operations, demonstrate Rattlerow’s clear and absolute commitment to UK pig production. These agreements represents 57,000 new gilt sales and more than 335,000 doses of AI semen over the period and reinforces Rattlerow’ position as the leading supplier of genetics in the UK.

As a business Rattlerow now farms more pigs than any other UK-based breeding company. It understands first-hand the challenges faced by pig producers and by strengthening its links with key processors Rattlerow is confident it can find viable and cost-effective solutions which will help UK producers achieve greater productivity, increase efficiency and improve the quality and consistency of their products.

May 2014

Press release – April '14



"By sending boars free of myco, APP and PRRS, RA-SE genetics sends a clear message to the market that the focus in the next decade will be on high health for better production efficiency",
Geert Rombouts, RA-SE Genetics Kft.

The new AI station in Tiszagyenda has a capacity of 100 boars and starts semen production in May.

Pig production has changed a lot during the last few years in Central Europe. Fewer integrated structures are producing a bigger share of the slaughter pigs to market. Some also invest in modern AI-stations to maximize genetic efficiency, and health control.

Training a MaxiMus boar

Középtiszai Mezőgazdasági Zrt is one of those integrators. Last month, a first group of 54 boars of RA-SE Genetics was sent from nucleus farms in England and Belgium. MaxiMus, OptiMus and female line boars will produce semen from May onwards. The high health status of the boars at the station will be used in the Hungarian market as well as for export purposes.

The new AI station is located in the middle of Hungary, close to the village of Tiszagyenda. This is a very isolated part of the country which helps to reduce any infection risks.

April 2014

Press release – February '14



"We are delighted to be working so closely on a long term genetic programme with a major processor like KARRO. This deal fits into our wider aim to develop the largest high health genetic base across the UK",
Robert Lawson, Managing Director, RATTLEROW Genetics

The Scottish deal brings closer links to processing sector

RATTLEROW Farms and KARRO FOOD GROUP have agreed a deal which sees RATTLEROW extend its Scottish operations with the acquisition of KARRO’s breeding herd interests. As part of the same deal, KARRO have affirmed their ongoing commitment to Scottish farming with agreements for RATTLEROW to supply their farming operation that was formerly part of VION Food Group UK.

The deal, between RATTLEROW Scotland Ltd, was reached at the end of last week, seeing the transfer of nine employees and two nucleus farms. RATTLEROW will also take control of KARRO’s dam line breeding programme to exclusively produce all their replacement gilts as well as supply AI to the processor's commercial pig production operation based in Scotland.

Both companies have also agreed to long term arrangements where RATTLEROW, together with RA-SE Genetics, will operate a dedicated Scottish nucleus and multiplication programme to specifically supply KARRO’s farms with Landroc and Whiteroc genetics. KARRO will have a distinct market edge, through the unique selling point of access to Rattlerow’s prolific outdoor herd, expertise and technologies - all of which will lead not only to a high quality pig supply but also through the partnership there will be significant efficiency advantages, as synergies are realised between the pig breeder and pig processor.

Seamus Carr, CEO KARRO Food Group, commented; “We are delighted to be involved in a strong and developing relationship with RATTLEROW, with this new agreement we have secured the supply of a high quality product which is a vital component in our delivery of top quality pork to our customers.”

February 2014

Press release – August '13


ELITA FARMS and RA-SE Genetics develop closer cooperation in brand new farm

The new nucleus farm built by ELITA Ltd. will house 600 GGP sows and 40 boars, delivered by RA-SE Genetics.

“Ukraine is still the granary of Europe, which will give a bright future to the Ukrainian pig producing sector,”
Geert Rombouts, area manager Ukraine at RA-SE Genetics

In August RA-SE Genetics delivered high genetic value breeding animals from Rattlerow Farms (UK) to ELITA’s brand new nucleus farm in Ukraine. A second delivery is planned for September to complete the population of 600 pure line GGP sows and corresponding GGP boars.

Since 2004, RA-SE Genetics has been very active in the Ukrainian market as an important supplier of pig genetics. Exports of breeding animals from RA-SE Genetics farms’ and partners in France, Belgium and UK regularly take place.

ELITA Ltd. is currently a distributor of RA-SE Genetics in Ukraine. This project will use the GENmatch® program to guarantee up to date genetic progress. The breeding stock produced from this important new nucleus will be marketed in the Ukrainian growing pig production sector. Pure line GGP stock will be replaced on farm by animals produced from imported frozen semen from RA-SE Genetics. At this moment, the Ukrainian and Belgian veterinary authorities are working on a bilateral agreement for the importation of deep-frozen pig semen from Belgium. The first export of deep-frozen semen to Ukraine is planned for the end of 2013.

The delivered breeding animals are free of PRRS, Mycoplasma and APP.

August 2013

Press release – April '13



“It was unsure whether we could export breeding pigs in the agreed week, as this was only one week after the bank system started working again. Nevertheless, the Afxentiou brothers fulfilled the contract terms in time.”
Geert Spincemaille, CEO RA-SE Genetics and responsible for sales in Cyprus

D&F Afxentiou Bros farm in Larnaca. GGP animals loaded in Belgium on the 4th of April and delivered on April10.

D&F Afxentiou Bros and RA-SE Genetics signed a genetic service agreement early 2013. The 1500 sow breeding farm imported GGP stock every 2-3 years. Now they have chosen to use GENmatch® genetic program to maintain continuous genetic improvement. It will enable the business to operate the CORA and MaxiMus breeding program which will be applied on site so that further imports of live animals are not required after the last import of pure line GGP animals from RA-SE Genetics. Both parties were concerned that the delivery might be postponed due to the economical situation in Cyprus. However, the country was operational again just in time and everything progressed as planned.

RA-SE Genetics will assist D&F Afxentiou in the selection and genetic follow up (data exchange and technical assistance). The imported pure line GGP stock will be kept up to date by using high genetic merit frozen semen from RA-SE Genetic. The first mating’s using frozen semen sent to Cyprus was late April. RA-SE Genetics has a lot of experience exporting frozen semen to Brazil, Colombia and Hungary. This method has proven highly successful and is an efficient means to distribute high value genetics worldwide.

Arrival of RA-SE Genetics breeding pigs in Larnaca.

April 2013

Press release – February '13


First results are very promising and will lead towards MARKER ASSISTED SELECTION against congenital defects in pigs

“Congenital defects are quite common in swine and the occurrence of these hereditary disorders can be a significant problem for pig producers and genetic companies since it leads to poor animal welfare and severe economic losses.”
Dr. Anneleen Stinckens, researcher at KU Leuven

PIGENDEF or ‘Towards marker assisted selection against genetic defects in pigs’ is a European FP7 project.

In the PIGENDEF project, the three most common congenital genetic defects are studied: scrotal/inguinal and umbilical hernia, and cryptorchidism (underscended testicles). The PIGENDEF project focuses on the rapid identification of the variation in genes underlying these congenital disorders in pigs for effective marker assisted selection. In order to achieve this goal, pigs are genotyped using the 60K Porcine SNP chip and analyzed using the latest, tailor-made genome wide association analysis software.

The project is coordinated by Professor Nadine Buys of the research group of livestock genetics, KU Leuven, Belgium. There are 2 other research partners and 5 SME partners involved, among them Norsvin and RA-SE Genetics. They play an important role in supplying both data and finance and obtain therefore the greatest part of the intellectual property rights.

The scientific importance of the preliminary results have been presented at the conferences of the European Association of Animal production 2011 in Stavanger, Norway, and of the International Society of Animal Genetics 2012 in Cairns, Australia. The implementation of this technology will allow RA-SE Genetics as one of the first breeding organisations to give extra guarantees to partners and customers. This will be an important contribution in improving animal welfare and the sustainability of the pig production sector.

For more info about PIGENDEF:

Feb 2013

Press release – November '12


RATTLEROW Farms together with the management have agreed to form a new company structure and a new name: RA-SE GENETICS

RA-SE Genetics new name

“The signing of a new agreement with the Spanish and American shareholders has brought about a change to the name of the total Rattlerow Seghers Group. Shareholders Rattlerow Farms and management team commit themselves to continue the production of superior genetic products”.
Stefan Derks; Co-CEO RA-SE Genetics

After 10 years of collaboration with a Spanish integrator and an American investor an agreement was reached to change the share holders’ structure. "These changes to simplify the ownership structure will allow new investment possibilities and encourage further development of RA-SE Genetics" says Robert Lawson, MD of Rattlerow Farms and majority shareholder in RA-SE Genetics. “By having set up nucleus herds in England, Belgium, Spain, Hungary and China, Rattlerow Seghers has already established itself internationally as a well respected breeding operation worldwide." RA-SE Genetics now plans to invest in additional new nucleus herds in different emerging markets including Ukraine, Russia, China and Brazil in 2012 and 2013".

Steps were taken at an early stage to streamline the breeding program of the group by focusing genetic development on the key Sire and Dam line structures and this will continue. RA-SE Genetics is to focus on production of four core products: sire lines OptiMus, MaxiMus and the EASY2MANAGE dam lines CORA and MIRA. Each demonstrating a significant commercial advantage to other genetic lines.

"RA-SE Genetics ensures superior economic performance of the commercial slaughter pig, the ultimate goal for all our partners all over the world. A new decade with a new name should help us to compete with the three main genetic companies worldwide."

November 2012

Press release – September '12



Research points out that concentration of skatol and androstenone –triggering factors of boar taint- in the fat of MaxiMus is lower compared to other breeds.

“MaxiMus sire in combination with a lean sow and no Chinese genes is your best guarantee for low presence of boar taint.” Geert Spincemaille, co C.E.O. RA-SE Genetics.

During a research project ‘Selection against boar taint as an alternative to castration of piglets’ more than 800 boars of RA-SE Genetics were tested. This research was conducted by the University of Leuven and Institute for Development of Animal Husbandry. Fat samples of boars of both dam and sire lines were taken at slaughter and analysed. Of these samples 3,9% tested positive which is less than half compared to other populations. (Wageningen University, in cooperation with a Dutch breeding organisation identified more than 8% of their tested animals with boar taint, based on HNS (human nose score)

Besides this research, samples of Maximus offspring were collected at slaughter. First results show a presence of boar taint in less than 2% of the carcasses (based on HNS). This is very promising and more tests are being conducted.

EU laws currently allow surgical castration under anaesthesia. However from 2018 onthis procedure will be forbidden as well. At that time only 2 alternatives will remain: use of Improvac® or finishing entire boars. For this reason, different projects are focused on trying to reduce boar taint via selection. A lot of genetic markers have an influence on boar taint but their effect is very low and may even cause a decrease in the fertility of the breed.

GENTEC, a Belgian research company, is currently working on a method for fast and reliable selection on live animals. With this technology RA-SE Genetics will exclude boars with a higher incidence of boar taint, aiming to achieve less than 1% of carcasses with taint. Based on current collected data and results, it is very clear that MaxiMus, even without additional selection, is the best boar to produce less than average carcasses with boar taint.

September 2012

Press release – May '12


Testimonial from 2 Czech farms about their herd re-population

The EASY2MANAGE character of SPF CORA sows increases production to 28 strong and uniform piglets weaned per sow per year.

Roman Koubek, C.E.O. AgramM, distributor of RA-SE Genetics in Czech Republic: "Repopulation not only allows improvement in health status, but also importing high quality breeding stock, doubles the positive effects on the production and reproduction results."

Production results are striving forward, and pig genetics changes performance as never before. Environmental circumstances like farm management, feeding strategies and climate conditions have a high impact on this performance. However, the efficiency of breeding pigs is very much dependant on the health status of your breeding herd. Moreover, high health status also means a serious reduction in vaccination and medication costs.

For the Czech farms Hraničář Loděnice and ZD Unčovice that was reason enough to depopulate their farms, and after some time of vacancy, to repopulate with high health animals, delivered by RA-SE Genetics. Today, around 2 years after the farms have been repopulated, an evaluation can be made.

Mr. Fišara (head of animal production of ZD Unčovice cooperative) is very satisfied with the result of the depop-repop action. Besides the huge reduction in vaccination and medication costs (all together they can save 76.000 Euro/year!), he’s also very pleased with the improved production and reproduction results. Previously the growth rate for finishers was only 750g/day, while today an average daily gain of 900 g/day is reached. Mortality rate in finishing units also drastically decreased. When asked what he thinks has allowed these changes, he replied: “Health definitely has a high impact on production results and medication costs. The calm nature of the CORA sows, strong heat symptoms, farrowing index approaching 2.5 and excellent milking capacity surely has something to do with genetics”.

Mr. Kimpl (director of animal production of Loděnice cooperative) agrees that improving the health status gives a lot of economical benefits. He is very satisfied with the quality of the carcasses, which contain 58-59% LM. Moreover, thanks to an optimal combination of high farrowing index and number of weaned piglets, he can deliver more than 26.5 uniform pigs of110-115kg per sow to the slaughterhouse.

Some more details about the depop-repop action of those 2 farms

ZD Unčovice started depopulating their units in Náklo and Rozvadovice at the end of 2009. In July 2010, 63 CORA grandparent gilts and 680 CORA parent gilts were delivered from RA-SE Genetics Hungary. Hranicar Lodenice started depopulating in 2008 and the farm was completely repopulated in November 2009 with 37 CORA grandparent gilts and 300 CORA parent gilts.

For each delivery, animals were tested for freedom of Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, PRRS, Aujeszky, APP, Mycoplasma, Dysenteria and Rhinitis. In addition, the sources of origin have been limited. RA-SE Genetics always aims to have just one farm of origin per destination.

On both farms, the GP gilts are Landrace x Duroc. This GP-stock will be maintained by cross rotation via semen delivered by AgramM Gen, the SPF AI stud in Czech Republic which houses exclusively RA-SE Genetics boars. Also terminal sire semen is delivered by AgramM Gen (MaxiMus / OptiMus / PriMus). This makes the farms independent of further imports, which fits exactly with their high level bio security strategy.

ZD Hraničář Loděnice and ZD Unčovice are both cooperative farms. ZD Hraničář Loděnice manage 2700 ha arable land and have their own feed mill. Besides the pig farm of 350 sows, they also have a 600 cow dairy farm . They are currently constructing a bio power station, which will use waste material from animal production and crops. ZD Unčovice owns 6000 ha arable land, providing more than enough raw materials for the feed of the cooperative’s animals. Their business consists of dairy farms with a total of 800 cows, and pig production. There is a pig breeding and rearing farm in Rozvadovice (320 P-sows + 63 GP sows), a breeding farm in Naklo (360 P-sows) and pig finishing units in Křelov, Střeň, Horka and Hynkov.

May 2012

Rattlerow Farms has officially opened its fourth AI centre

Long Meadow, a new hi-tech boar stud.

jan, 2012

Press release – September 20th

RA-SE Genetics for better performance in Russia

Importation of lower volumes but higher quality breeding stock

Line36 boar, pure line large white

"Targeted imports and data exchange will reduce costs of production in Russia."
Geert Rombouts, area sales director

After a decade of importation of high numbers of live animals and pork, the day is becoming closer that Russia will reduce its reliance on imports. Production of pork is continuously increasing and big steps have been made during the last few years to improve their herds through the import of advanced genetics from England and other European countries. In addition, new farms and management support have helped Russian pig producers to achieve higher levels of production.

All major integrated companies have started their own breeding pyramids: Instead of buying large numbers of breeding stock, they now introduce only GGP pigs or semen into their GGP herds. At the same time modern techniques for data collection, EBV calculations and exchange of breeding technologies are helping them to select the best animals into their own herds and avoid inbreeding in their pure breeds.

RA-SE Genetics has successfully implemented a breeding and selection program in several Russian farms of between 1.000 and 25.000 sows. A recent example of this is the pig division of Ostankina Meat company. After an original import from Canada in 2004 and the start of their own breeding pyramid, results were not improving as expected from the Canadian genetics. They were sure the low number of piglets born and poor uniformity at weaning was affecting their cost of production.

After analyzing the weak points in the production structure, RA-SE Genetics exported from England to Russia 170 GGP animals, from different purebred lines. This new genetic input together with a very close collaboration in data exchange and EBV/inbreeding calculation is expected to help Troparevo to achieve better production results. Significantly this is being done through importation of only a few GGP animals each year. This will decrease both the sanitary risk as well as import costs. A win-win situation for both companies.

sept 20th, 2011

Press release – April '11

China opens it’s borders


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09-04: During the quarantine period in England the breeding stock were blood tested twice for freedom of PRRS, M. hyo, App, Dysentery, Rhinitis, Brucellosis, Aujeszky and Tuberculosis. The health certificate was issued by DEFRA according to the bilateral agreement between China and UK.
09-04: Loading the cargo crates (London Stansted)
09-04: Very strict animal welfare measures had to be followed for the air shipment resulting in a 450 Euro air ticket for each pig.
09-04: Cargo crates ready for boarding the aircraft at London Stansted
09-04: RA-SE Genetics’ breeding pigs ready for take off
10-04-2011: Just arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport in China
10-04-2011: Cargo delivery area at Beijing Capital International Airport. Chinese customs procedures are complicated and very time consuming. With the support of our Chinese partner, Hebei Yufeng Jingan Pig Breeding Co. Ltd the authorities agreed to release the imported pigs within a very short time.
10-04-2011: Pigs getting reloaded on the truck for the final quarantine in China
10-04-2011: Employees of HEBEIseghers refill the drinking water system before departure to the quarantine site.
10-04-2011: Three police cars, one spare truck, one disinfection pick up and five other cars accompanied the pigs to the final quarantine site in Hebei Anping.
10-04-2011: On arrival at the quarantine site, special disinfection measures were applied by the Beijing Health Inspection Bureau before the pigs could be unloaded.
10-04-2011: RA-SE Genetics’ breeding pigs entering their final quarantine site in Hebei Anping
11-04-2011: After unloading the breeding pigs the quarantine site gate closes for the following 45 days to allow the Chinese officials to blood test and follow the extensive Chinese import protocols for breeding pigs. This quarantine site has been specially built for this importation to HEBEIseghers Pig Breeding Co. Ltd.
After a successful quarantine period the pigs will be introduced and acclimatised into the nucleus herd. They will produce the new improved generations of GGP’s for breeding and multiplier farms in 28 Chinese provinces.

The fast expansion of pig production is one of the main actions in the Chinese government’s plan. The demand for pork meat keeps on rising. This has resulted in market prices increasing to 1.65 €/kg live weight, making the Chinese pig business profitable in spite of the high cost of raw materials.

The Chinese pig industry is looking to Europe for knowledge and new Genetic lines to make rapid breed improvement. This offers plenty of opportunities to European Genetic Companies to increase the export volume to China.

"The production of pork in China cannot keep up with the increasing demand."
Stefan Derks,
Co-CEO, RA-SE Genetics

In the meantime, RA-SE Genetics continues its activities in China and has exported breeding pigs to Beijing at the beginning of April, to expand the companies breeding pyramid in a country with 60 million sows.”Thanks to our efforts during the last 15 years, and our presence in 28 of the 32 Chinese provinces, RA-SE Genetics has an established reputation for performance. Our company is recognized as one of the few national breeding companies which can obtain import licenses and we look forward working closer with the Chinese,”, according to Stefan Derks.

At this moment, the recently exported breeding stock are in a specially built quarantine facility where they will stay for 45 days before entering the nucleus breeding farm.

april ‘11, 2011

Press release – February '11

Rattlerow Seghers opens new AI station


Rattlerow Seghers just opened a new AI station in Belgium. The main aim of this new station is to distribute, worldwide, semen from the best breeding boars .

The station guarantees a high health standard as the boars are free from all important diseases, such as PRRS, Mycoplasma, APP, Aujeszky etc. After semen is collected, it is deep frozen and distributed via the KLASSE KI network. With more than 500.000 delivered doses in 2010, KLASSE KI - a daughter company of Rattlerow Seghers-, has already proven its ability to guarantee customer satisfaction.

The most important markets for this semen are: Brazil, Canada, China, Eastern Europe and Russia. The deep-frozen semen will be distributed via specially conditioned transports. In order to assure high health as well as maximum genetic progress, the AI stud will work with an all-in/all-out batch system: after the aimed production period, the AI station will be completely depopulated, and thereafter repopulated with a new batch of boars. This is a unique concept in modern pig husbandry.

Rattlerow Seghers selects for the highest health!

Feb 2011

Press release – november 12th, 2010

Selection for IGF2 in dam lines improves sow performance

Researchers of the University of Leuven and Liege, the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement and RA-SE Genetics reveal a unique selection scheme to improve sow performance without jeopardizing the leanness and uniformity of the slaughter pigs.

The large effect of the IGF2 mutation on lean meat and back fat without a negative influence on growth or meat quality, has made IGF2 an important gene to use in any breeding program. Terminal sires have been selected to be homozygous for the lean allele (IGF2+) by the main breeding companies in order to pass the full effect to their offspring. Selection for leaner carcasses, demanded by the packing industry and consumers, does however conflict with the prolificacy and longevity of the sow and lead to increased replacement rates, involuntary culls and mortality of sows.

The mutation in the IGF2 gene provides a possibility to overcome this conflict. The imprinting character of the gene can be used to produce lean slaughter pigs from fatter dams, that inherited the wild type allele from their father (genotype of Grandparent boar = igf2-/igf2-), crossed with terminal sires being homozygous for the lean allele (IGF2+/IGF2+).

The results were recently published in “Animal Genetics” and show an important influence on prolificacy and longevity in sows. In two independent studies, one performed in Belgium and the other one in Canada, it was found that the paternal igf2- allele was associated with higher reproduction performance in the Sow.

The number of weaned piglets per litter increased by 0.5 per litter and the total litter weaning weight increased with 4 kg.

Because of the imprinted character of the gene, selection for the igf2- allele in sow lines will not influence the carcass quality of the offspring

Prof. Dr. Nadine Buys –

nov 12th, 2010

Press Release – December 29th 2009

RA-SE Genetics expands their nucleus program in China.

Ten years ago, a Joint Venture pig breeding farm was established in HEBEI province of China, 250 Km South of Beijing.
Today, a new decade started with agreements being signed that will ensure a rapid development of the nucleus farm of RA-SE Genetics group in China. The Joint Venture partners HEBEI Yufeng Jing An breeding Co. Ltd. and RA-SE Genetics group have agreed to increase the nucleus program to maintain around 400.000 commercial sows within the next three years. With these agreements, both Chinese and European partners have given their solid commitment to support the new Chinese industrial producers and improve production for the growing demand of high quality pork products.

The nucleus herd of the RA-SE Genetics group will be increased by an import of pure line animals during next summer. At the same time construction work has already started to extend the capacity of the nucleus farm to 600 sows.

“HEBEIseghers breeding Co ltd. guarantees the supply of high quality pig breeding technologies to lower the cost of production. At present around 20.000 GP sows produce Parent stock in 28 provinces of China”.
Stefan Derks, Co-CEO, RA-SE Genetics

Mr. Wei Zhimin and Mr. Stefan Derks signing contracts

A dedicated team working at the nucleus farm in HEBEI province will guarantee the successful breeding of pure lines of RA-SE Genetics. Every month nucleus data are sent to the central offices in Belgium to calculate inbreeding indexes and BLUP values to run the breeding program in the best possible way.

With support of the most advanced European technologies and know-how from specialists from the local industry’s top performing companies, RA-SE Genetics breeding program has the solid reputation for the production of the best carcass quality available in the market. The fast growing Chinese pig industry has recognised this quality. During 2009 around 85.000 breeding animals were produced within the RA-SE Genetics breeding program and were sold throughout China.

dec 29th ‘09

Press Release


The first ever nucleus stock arrived from Belgium in the Ukraine.

In January 2009, RA-SE Genetics delivered 192 high health nucleus breeding stock from Belgium to Elita Farms in the Ukraine. This is the first delivery of a complete nucleus collaboration program between both companies and is the first shipment ever of breeding stock from the Benelux to the Ukraine. Government institutes of both countries worked closely together to get this delivery done. During a meeting of Mr Melnik Yuriy Fedorovych, minister of Agriculture of Ukraine and Mr. Geert Rombouts, area manager of RA-SE Genetics in October 2008, the plans were made and four months later, the first shipment arrived at the quarantine facilities in the Ukraine.

“The contract includes delivery of a large nucleus program and training programs to support growth and efficiency of the Ukrainian pig industry. With support of the national Ukrainian government and genetics from Elita, we will focus to expand the total pig herd after some years of serious decline”
Mr. Geert Rombouts

From left to right : Mrs. Nadia Kudlai, director of Elita Farms,
Mr. Mr Melnik Yuriy Fedorovych, minister of Agriculture of the Ukraine,
Mr. Geert Rombouts, area manager at RA-SE Genetics
Mr. Ivan Kudlai, director of OSC "Terezine"
Mrs. Svitlana - interpreter

Elita farms

Elita farms imported the first breeding animals of RA-SE Genetics in 2004. Great Grand Parents and Grand Parent of both female and sire lines were sent from the U.K. ELITA produces GP- and P-boars, GP-gilts and P-gilts which have been successfully marketed since beginning of 2005. Due to a growing demand, additional GGP stock was shipped in 2005 and 2006 and the plan for a closer collaboration grew in 2008. The EASY2MANAGE approach of RA-SE Genetics convinced Elita to switch from MIRA to the CORA program as to confirm the lead in setting new standards in Ukrainian Pig Production. Bigger farms need strong and reliable breeding stock to perform well under intensive conditions. The objective of ELITA is to combine local resources with the best technology and know how from Western Europe to improve results of pig farming in the Ukraine. Today the Ukraine only produces around 44% of local consumer demand. The latest currency problems have only strengthened the will of the minister of agriculture to expand this industry rapidly like the Russian Federation has done over the last 5 years. The ministry of agriculture has chosen to establish and restore the industry on solid grounds with local partners and the best breeding programs of the world.

The total breeding program will maintain a total breeding herd of 200.000 sows. We thank the Belgian and the Ukrainian ministries of agriculture and health authorities for their help and support for this successful collaboration between both countries.

march 7th ‘09

Piensos Costa has received the diamond award as ‘best pig producer of 2008’. Their Caspe unit of more than 5000 CORA sows weaned last year 28,25 pigs/sow/year.

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The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, the National Association of Pig Producers (Anprogapor) and IRTA (Spanish National Research Institute) has awarded the best pig producers of 2008. During that year, data were collected from 581 companies, with a total stock of more than 500.000 sows. Participating farms were divided according to the number of productive stock on the farm. Golden, silver and bronze medals were distributed based on results of piglets born alive per litter, the production index and the farrowing rate. Besides those prices, a unique award is given to one farm with excellent scores in all the above mentioned categories as well as for a continuous focus on efficiency, bio-security and management skills.
A jury has visited all participating farms and has awarded this Diamond Award to Caspe Unit of Piensos Costa.

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Nor the numbers on the computer, nor the value on paper but the ‘economical value of the whole chain production’ is the driving force of Piensos Costa. Their goal is to produce a pig as cheap as possible but well as demanded by the market. Efficiency in the whole chain is not only including the boar in the AI station but also an EASY2MANAGE sow, the motivation of the staff by being present on the farm every day and last but not least, using the genetic package ensuring a better economical balance, measured in the slaughterhouse. An EASY2MANAGE approach for a bigger farm in a strong company.

5 jan ‘09