The pigs were transported on behalf of Genesus, the largest independent producer of purebred swine globally, with registered populations of Landrace, Yorkshire and Duroc pigs.
Their focus is on non-GMO genetic improvement, which Genesus’ first UK partner, Bridge House Farm in Northamptonshire, is utilising the highest of technology to achieve.
Award-winning farmer Charlie Thompson, who is the sixth generation to run Bridge House Farm, tapped into the Chinese market during the past year when opportunities to transport livestock to Europe have been sparse.
The transport, conducted by Intradco Global, saw their new Pig Lift in action for the first time. The Intradco Gloabl Pig Lift is a truck that has been custom converted to enable the pigs to safely and comfortably move from their transport lorry to their crates.
The fourteen-hour journey from the UK to China was split up with a stopover in Kazakhstan, during which the pigs had their food and water supplies freshened.