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tap into the local water supply.
"The water quality is fine apart from
an excess of magnesium and iron,
which is removed before the water
enters the system," said Dams. "This is
definitely a cheaper option than mains
water and we reckon on a two-year
payback. The whole system is pretty
robust as the temperature dropped to
-17 C last winter and nothing froze."
The system's software can produce
reams of pig data. JSR uses meat
per ton of feed as a performance
benchmark, because this metric is more
meaningful than feed conversion ratios
or daily liveweight gain growth rates.
The accumulative batch data has
revealed a steady improvement in feed
conversion ratios, daily liveweight gains
and meat per ton of feed, along with a
decrease in pig mortality (see Chart 1).

Canadian sow nucleus unit
When JSR traveled to North America
for pig equipment, the company was

An aerial view of JSR Genetics' new 650sow nucleus Elstow unit in Canada.
also looking for an opportunity to boost
its position in the global pig market.
In July 2009, JSR Genetics bought a
650-sow nucleus unit in Saskatchewan,
Canada. The Elstow unit was purchased
from the Prairie Swine Centre.
"Any large pig breeding company
needs to have an insurance policy as
far as maintaining bloodlines," said Dr.
Grant Walling, JSR Genetics managing
director. "We have two dam lines
and two sire lines, and are looking
to increase more of the leaner white
lines to give an alternative to the Duroc

sire lines, which had previously been
popular in Canada because of their
reliance on the Asian export market."
JSR doesn't sell directly into Canada,
but it has a franchise agreement
with Newsham Choice Genetics.
Canada has had a tough time over
the past five years, but it can now focus
on the home market rather than exports.
"JSR is not currently exporting
to Mexico or Brazil, but we are
always looking for new markets and,
looking to the future, breeding stock
from the Elstow pig unit could be
trucked south via the United States
to those two countries," he said.
So a visit to North America to
examine new equipment turned out
to be a good move for this British pig
breeding company and for the Americas
in more ways than one.
PIGI

Stuart Lumb is a UK-based freelance writer. He
can be reached at stuart@lumb.karoo.co.uk.

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