Pig genetics company UPB has made its first major breakthrough in the Russian market with the sale of 800 animals to a purpose-built production unit in the Voronezh region of south-western Russia.

The $1m (£570,000) contract also includes a three-year technical agreement to develop and maintain the UPB breeding programme.

It follows the launch of a new breeding nucleus near Kiev in the Ukraine.

Managing director Ian Torrie said:

“This will involve the supply of UPB Large White and Landrace dam lines and our highly successful terminal sire line, the Alba.”

Once established, the herd would form the main production base for UPB pigs in Russia, he added.