The new Hermitage Genetics Russian production centre in the Vologda region –‘Sloboda Nucleus Farm’ took delivery of the first batch of High Health status breeding stock from Ireland on the 31st October 2013. This new enterprise ‘Sloboda Farm’ is situated outside the city of Vologda, about 450 km North East of Moscow.
The decision to establish a Hermitage Genetics Nucleus Production Centre in Russia has been taken in light of the changing demands of the developing Russian pig industry; customers that require significant volumes of healthy animals for partial or full populations of their farms are more conscious of the high costs of transport and the risk of border closure that could prevent them from importing breeding stock from countries outside of the Russian Federation. This new genetic production centre will provide local production of Hermitage Genetics, ensuring regular supplies of High Health status breeding stock for supply to customers within the Russian Federation.
The Sloboda Nucleus farm will operate as a fully integrated 1,100 sow Nucleus Breeding herd including full quarantine facilities for holding breeding stock selected for external sale prior to dispatch.
We see this as a strategic move to strengthen and further enhance the presence of Hermitage Genetics as a major supplier of improved high health status breeding stock in the rapidly developing Russian pig industry.
Hermitage Genetics technical support specialists will work closely with the new team on the Sloboda Farm and will be actively involved in implementing the specialised Standard Operating Procedures and Management Systems that a Nucleus farm of this type will require to optimise production.
Farrowing commenced in April and the first selected breeding stock will be available for sale in Russia in October.