9 November 2001

Breeding stock and genetic exports rise

EXPORTS of breeding stock and genetics are set to increase following the establishment of the British Livestock Genetics Consortium.

Replacing the British Genetics Consortium, BLGs sole focus will be to develop international markets for and promote British genetics, says its chairman Henry Lewis.

"BLG is looking to extend membership and anyone with an interest in breeding stock exports is welcome, including cattle, sheep and pig breeding companies, breed societies and individual breeders."

The global livestock genetics export market is estimated at more than £600m/year, according to Mr Lewis. "A portion of this is the UKs sorely missed breeding pig export market. We are already working on opening markets in the Far East."

South America has also been identified as a priority market for cattle and sheep, he adds.

Membership costs range from £100 to £1000 depending on whether BLG provides direct market leads for export sales (01364-661506, fax 01364-661516). &#42