Chinese on UK pig-buying mission

Bpex has revealed that a Chinese delegation has visited the UK, looking to acquire new breeding stock.

The party was looking to buy 1,000 pigs for an integrated operation and their visit was prompted by the BPA’s presence on the Bpex stand at the China International Meat Industry Exhibition, jointly funded by Bpex and UKTI.

Mick Sloyan, Bpex director, who hosted a dinner for the visitors, said: “British breeding stock is still prized the world over. The Chinese are bringing their agriculture up-to-date at a tremendous rate and British pigs use less feed, therefore produce much less manure and they also need less land. This will in turn reduce the environmental impact quite markedly.”

BPA export promoter Chris Jackson said: “They were specifically looking for pedigree Large White and pedigree Landrace pigs. It was a very successful visit and we took the delegation all around the country. We are looking forward to doing business with them.”

Pork and poultry exports to China were given the green light by its government in June, following intervention by the prime minister.

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