JSR News

For the most up to date news and developments regarding JSR and JSR genetics, please check back on a regular basis, as we update our ‘News’ frequently. Alternatively, why not sign up to our JSR newsletter, where you can have the latest announcements and product launches, delivered directly to your inbox.

Pig Unit Benefits From Partial Depopulation

13th June 2019

Conducting a partial depopulation of a pig unit as a means of re-setting its health status is not something to be undertaken lightly, but Aberdeenshire producer Kevin Gilbert has completed the process and is now looking forward to reaping the benefits.

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Green Peas Leading the Way to a Greener Future

27th July 2018

The Archbishop of York's Official Visit to the UK's Greenest Factory On 26th July 2018 the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu joined Swaythorpe Growers, a co-operative of over 40 family farms based in East Yorkshire, GWE Biogas, a local green energy company, and d’Arta, a top European frozen food company, to celebrate the businesses joint venture in producing the UK’s greenest food processing and freezing plant. At a time when, more than ever, the UK needs to focus on sustainability...

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The Pig & Poultry Fair 2018

20th June 2018

2018 saw the return of The Pig & Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh. With the number of visitors up on 2016 it proved to be a great turn out, with over 370 exhibitors across the two main halls and spilling out into the surrounding grounds, there was plenty for visitors to enjoy.  There was a fantastic buzz across the two day event with visitors describing the atmosphere as "upbeat" and "positive" - and the lovely fine weather proving to be the cherry on top of a great show. A big thank-you to t...

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Third time lucky for Golden Apron 2017 winner

5th April 2017

It was third time lucky for York catering student Zacharias Abbott when he took the title of the Golden Apron, Yorkshire’s best young chef. The teenager, who had entered the competition twice before, reaching the semi-finals the first time and the finals the second, won a package of prizes including the chance to design a range of products which will appear on the shelves of sponsors ASDA next Christmas. The winner of the fourth Golden Apron, a competition run by the Michelin-starred...

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Golden Apron competition finalists unveiled

10th March 2017

The three finalists in a competition to find Yorkshire's best young chef have been announced. The Golden Apron is run by the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass Inn, Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and JSR Farming Group, and is sponsored by Cranswick plc and Asda. The competitors were asked to create a dish on their interpretation of this year's theme 'My Yorkshire' and the best eight were invited to attend a day at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and cook for a panel of judges. The three succe...

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JSR winners at the National Pig Awards

13th December 2016

We are delighted to announce that our Southburn pig unit won the Indoor Herd Productivity Award at the 2016 National Pig Awards! The award was presented to Bill Bramhill, unit manager, by Hazel Irvine (of BBC presenting fame) who was compering the evening, and Lydia Parkin of Huvepharma who sponsored the award.The change from weekly farrowing to a five-week batch system, along with genetic improvement in the herd and other management changes, convinced the judging panel that Southburn was a...

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JSR Genetics launches the JSR 9T at Pig Fair 2016

7th July 2016

The JSR Genetics team were at the British Pig & Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh Park on 10 & 11 May, along with colleagues from Topigs Norsvin. The fair was the ideal opportunity to celebrate 1 year since the announcement of the genetic partnership agreement with Topigs Norsvin, and to launch the new JSR 9T - the first new F1 parent sow developed from the partnership. ncorporating the Large White (Z) line from Topigs Norsvin, this new sow will enable UK producers to rear more cost-effective f...

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British Pig & Poultry Fair 2016

7th March 2016

As in previous years, JSR Genetics will be exhibiting at the British Pig & Poultry Fair at NAEC Stoneleigh. This year's show dates are Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May. Following our genetic partnership with Topigs Norsvin our sireline and damline range is bigger and our products better than ever. We continue to be focused on making our customers more competitive. Come and see us on Stand 95 in Exhibition Hall 2.  ...

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JSR Farming Group Scholarship

19th February 2016

After an enormous response from students and a very competitive interviewing process, we are pleased to announce that we have awarded the very first JSR Farming Group Scholarships to two Harper Adams 2nd year students in Agriculture and Animal Science. Despite being in demand from other companies, Oliver French and Sophie Boyce chose JSR and will be joining us in the summer of 2016 for their 3rd year placements. The Scholarship makes a contribution towards their University fees and in return we...

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JSR Announce New Genetic Partnership

13th May 2015

JSR Genetics and Topigs Norsvin have reached an agreement to form a genetic partnership for Great Britain. JSR Genetics will become the exclusive distributor of Topigs Norsvin genetics in Great Britain and the AI activities of AIM UK in Great Britain will be integrated into the JSR AI network. Press Release 13 May 2015 ....AIM UK is part of the Topigs Norsvin AI network. In addition, JSR Genetics and Topigs Norsvin will combine their Research and Development programs. The international activitie...

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Eating quality - the forgotten end of the supply chain

5th February 2015

The pork industry has spent the last 25 years striving to grow lean pigs, efficiently. Leanness has become more important as we have looked to reduce our fat intake. Processors penalise producers for high levels of fat and the consumer buys on weight, so doesn’t want to pay for excess fat either. Efficiency makes sound commercial and environmental sense and makes our businesses more profitable. So, all is well in the sector? Well, not quite. What about taste? For those of us who are old en...

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JSR Farming Conference hailed as the best in 25 years

22nd September 2014

After 25 successful years, the final annual JSR Farming Conference took place in York on Tuesday 16th September, with JSR Chairman, Tim Rymer, hailing it as the best since the event began. More than 150 delegates descended on the Ron Cooke Hub at York University, to listen to a line-up of high-calibre speakers as well as network with producers, journalists and suppliers from across the pig industry. Guest speakers, Meurig Raymond, President of the NFU and celebrity food critic, Jay Rayner addres...

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College run ‘canters’ into second year

20th August 2014

For a second year, Beverley Athletic Club has joined forces with Bishop Burton College to host the College Canter running event, which is sponsored by Southburn-based farming company JSR. Held at Bishop Burton College, the multi-terrain event will again offer a three-mile race aimed at juniors or parkrun runners, with a seven-mile race for senior runners, which is set to include chip timing – numbers permitting. Both races will take place on the equestrian exercise track around the boundar...

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NFU President and celebrity food critic to top the bill at JSR’s 25th Annual Farming Conference

13th August 2014

NFU President, Meurig Raymond and celebrity food critic Jay Rayner will address delegates alongside Beth Hart of Sainbury’s, at JSR’s 25th Annual Farming Conference in York on Tuesday 16th September. Meurig, who farms 3,500 acres in Pembrokeshire will share his thoughts on the future of the British livestock industry. Meurig became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2000 and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2005 for his services to a...

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JSR businesses team up to host ‘Best of British’ conference in China

11th July 2014

Three businesses under the JSR Farming Group umbrella have joined together to host a conference in China. The event focused on the best of British genetics and technical services available to make pig production companies in the nation more profitable.   Consultants from JSR’s agricultural consultancy business, Checkfarm, along with experts from JSR Genetics and its Chinese joint venture company, Hubei Jinxu JSR Breeding Ltd, hosted the event in Wuhan on Wednesday 25th July. The...

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NFU Journal Feature

8th May 2014

Written by Chris Tomson – RSPB Conservation Advisor As the RSPB’s conservation advisor for the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast my role is to offer local farmers and landowners free advice on how to enhance their land to benefit wildlife. This part of Yorkshire boasts some excellent habitats for wildlife and has huge potential to help boost declining farmland birds, as well as other animals from butterflies and bees to hares and hedgehogs. As food production is obviously the priority for an...

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JSR Genetics appoints Meat Science Director

25th April 2014

Affirming their strong commitment to improving the eating quality of pork, JSR Genetics has appointed Caroline Mitchell as Director of Meat Science.   Caroline, who completed a degree at Nottingham University in Applied Biology and went on to study an MSc in Meat Science & Technology at Bristol, joined JSR Genetics in 2006. Caroline gathered experience within the AI laboratory at Thorpe Willoughby and in the R&D department during her first year, before moving to the position of Me...

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JSR Genetics signs deal to supply stock to establish nucleus herd in Vietnam

16th April 2014

One of Vietnam’s leading farming companies has invested in JSR’s world-class genetics alongside the consultancy services of Checkfarm, to establish a nucleus farm and develop their business strategy.   Established in 2004, Austfeed Vietnam Corporation is a farming, breeding and food processing company that also manufactures, consults and trades in the animal feed industry. As part of their ongoing business objectives they wanted to complete the integration of a “Fee...

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New JSR concept encourages farmers to reap benefits of slurry

28th February 2014

The JSR Farming Group, one of the largest family-owned farming companies in the UK, has launched a new initiative to help farmers increase profitability and yields by using waste from pig production units. Being at the forefront of sustainable agriculture, JSR demonstrates an effective synergy between its arable and pig sectors. Crops provide cereals for pig feed, while the muck and slurry from the pig production business is recycled to produce organic manure. This not only reduces artificial fe...

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Healthier Pigs for Farm and Fork

17th February 2014

During the past 18 months a number of reports have highlighted the challenges facing global agricultural output, the requirement to feed more people with fewer resources, leading to the buzz phrase of sustainable intensification.   Many have highlighted how this means improving feed efficiency and increasing output per square metre of farm (land is expensive and the planning process difficult for new farms).  There is however an additional dimension to feeding more people with f...

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2014 profitability looking positive for JSR’s Spanish partner

4th February 2014

As the second largest producer of pig meat in Europe, Spain has the biggest breeding herd and Burgos based JSR-eQ is confident of a successful year ahead, despite a gradual fall in the country’s breeding herd numbers. With lower feed prices, tight pig supplies and a good export market pushing the price per kilo deadweight to over €1.80/kg compared to the EU 28 at €1.70, future profitability is looking promising. Within JSR-eQ, which was established in November 2009 by Jose L...

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New staff appointment for JSR’s agricultural consultancy business, Checkfarm

27th January 2014

The JSR Group has welcomed a new staff member to its agricultural consultancy business, Checkfarm, to help oversee its farm management services in Russia.   Natalia Zarubina, who is based in Belgorod, Russia, will be joining the team as Business Coordinator. The appointment follows Natalia’s role as a translator for Checkfarm Director Simon Grey, during his time as Consultant Production Director at AgroBelogoria, in South-west Russia, in 2010. Following this position, Natalia went o...

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New staff appointment for JSR Genetics

9th January 2014

The JSR Group has welcomed a new staff member to its international accounts team, with an aim to further establish itself as one of the world’s leading pig genetics businesses.   John Alexander joins JSR as International Key Account Manager, having previously worked for another breeding company in the region. With 28 years of experience in the European breeding stock market, John’s main focus will be to assist JSR’s partners in achieving their business growthobject...

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Outdoor pig producer puts JSR pork on the menu

23rd December 2013

A Suffolk pig farmer, whose produce is on the menu in some of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, has been working closely with JSR Genetics in order to tailor the taste of his products for new markets.   Mark Hayward, who runs Dingley Dell Pork, along with his brother Paul, has been selling his own-brand outdoor pork for the past 12 years, supplying high-class establishments such as The Dorchester and The Savoy hotels in London, as well as top sporting teams including Manchester United F...


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Russian pig producer leading the way alongside JSR Genetics

13th December 2013

Russia’s largest pork producer, ABH Miratorg, is helping to boost its country’s thriving pig production industry by working alongside JSR, utilising their expert genetics services.   Owned by Viktor and Alexander Linnik, ABH Miratorg has 25 farms across Russia housing around 125,000 sows, as well as its own slaughter facilities and feedstuff production. The business also has three boar studs, which are designed to keep 700 boars at a time, and are independent of the pig farms....


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JSR welcomes new placement student from the University of York

21st October 2013

With a commitment to investing in talented, innovative people, JSR Genetics has welcomed local student Leonie Collingwood onto its successful placement scheme.   Twenty-year-old Leonie, from Hull, is a second-year biology student at the University of York who was looking for an opportunity to gain practical experience to aid her studies when she applied for the placement at JSR. She will be the second placement student at the East Yorkshire-based pig genetics company following...

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HRH The Duke of York, KG pays a visit to JSR headquarters in East Yorkshire

11th October 2013

JSR Chairman Tim Rymer welcomed The Duke of York to the company’s headquarters in Southburn, near Dri ield, on Thursday 10th October as part of a Royal visit to East Yorkshire. His Royal Highness expressed an interest in JSR after the business won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and International Trade in 2012, and visited as part of an effort to promote and raise awareness of British science expertise. The Duke was keen to learn more about JSR’s export activities, as...

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JSR customer crowned Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year 2013

7th October 2013

Producer Ian Davidson, from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has been named Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year 2013 at a ceremony held at Grosvenor House, in London’s Park Lane.   Ian’s business, Mossie’s Pork, supplies around 8,000 pigs annually to supermarkets via Scottish Pig Producers. Since May 2012, his team has worked closely with JSR to produce more robust, disease-resistant pigs, using the JSR Geneconverter 400 sire line. Tim Rymer, JSR Chairman, was delighted for I...

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JSR Farming Conference remains a firm industry favourite

17th September 2013

The 24th annual JSR Farming Conference took place in York and was hailed by delegates as one of the best ever.   Providing the audience with a group of high merit speakers including consumer marketing experts and scientists along with shared research from key members of the JSR team, the conference has once again confirmed just how valuable an event it is to the UK pig industry calendar. Over 150 delegates from across the industry descended on the Ron Cooke Hub at York University, a state...

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Partnership with JSR Genetics means big business for German franchise JSR Hybrid Deutschland

16th September 2013

World-class genetics and advanced technical support has ensured JSR Genetics’ pig breeding franchise in Germany, JSR Hybrid Deutschland, has got off to a flying start since their launch in 2011.   Owned by Michiel Taken, JSR Hybrid Deutschland is rapidly becoming one of the most successful breeding companies in Germany, and is on target to sell 20,000 gilts this year, which is more than double its first-year total of 7,000. With exclusive rights to distribute JSR stock right a...

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JSR Farms benefits from new and improved JSR Genetics sire lines

9th August 2013

The pig production arm of the JSR Farming Group, a 4,000 sow operation producing 2000 pigs per week, has increased the dead weight of its slaughter pigs and cut its overall cost of production by 2.5% by switching to two new sire lines developed by JSR Genetics. Against a backdrop of rapidly rising feed prices (up by 40% in the last three years) James Christian, Chief Operating Officer at JSR and his team were looking very closely at the performance of their four breeding sites and twelve finishi...

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Cool investment for JSR delivers further benefits to customers

7th August 2013

JSR have invested in an advanced cooling system within their AI boar accommodation as part of their commitment to ensure rigorous quality control methods deliver the highest quality products to customers.   Following a period of considerable research, the decision was made to install the new system which constantly monitors indoor and outdoor temperatures and feeds cold air via a fan system into the boar stud, when the outdoor temperatures rise above 17°c helping to keep the boars&rsq...

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JSR Genetics delivers first shipment of pigs to Nigeria

11th July 2013

JSR Genetics has delivered its first shipment of pigs to Nigeria, as part of a supply agreement established with the Institute of Agriculture Research & Training (IAR&T), Ibadan.   The new agreement saw JSR deliver 20 Large White, Geneconverter 500 and 750 boars to a brand new boar stud in Nigeria at the end of June. The IAR&T is part of the Obafemi Awolowo University and is one of the foremost national agricultural research institutes in Nigeria.The institute works closely wi...

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New partnership will see establishment of São Tomé and Principe’s first breeding herd

29th June 2013

In a joint venture to improve the sustainability of island nation São Tomé and Principe’s food supply, the country’s government and the government of Taiwan have signed up to a new partnership with JSR Genetics, which will see 56 Landrace and Large White gilts and boars flown out of the UK in July.   Due to the insufficient supply and poor quality of domestically produced pork, the nation of São Tomé and Principe, located off the western coast of C...

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JSR’s top tips to combat summer infertility

17th June 2013

It’s an age old problem, when the summer temperatures rise, fertility in pigs (and many other mammals) declines. It is nature’s way of limiting the number of offspring produced in the winter when the temperature’s cold and food is in shorter supply.   It’s an age old problem, when the summer temperatures rise, fertility in pigs (and many other mammals) declines. It is nature’s way of limiting the number of offspring produced in the winter when the temperatur...

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Checkfarm in new deal to supply Pig Production Training worldwide

13th June 2013

A new deal will see consultancy business, Checkfarm, offer Pig Production Training (PPT) Ltd programmes across the globe, meaning more producers than ever before will have access to world-class training that they can use to develop and improve the skills of their employees.   Developed by Bernard Peet and Mick Evans, PPT currently offers a comprehensive training system for the pig industry, ranging from ‘hands-on’, practical training to advanced leadership skills for senior m...

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JSR study reveals that taking pigs to heavier weights and making a profit is possible

23rd May 2013

In times of high feed prices, producers are exploring ways to operate more profitably. Taking pigs to heavier weights could be one of the simplest ways to achieve this target.   A recent trial conducted by scientists at JSR Genetics has revealed that it is possible to take pigs to heavier weights and have a positive impact on profit margins. The research, which was initiated by JSR and Yorkshire Farmers Livestock Marketing, was intended to help customers improve efficiency on their o...

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New partnership will see establishment of UK’s first Swedish Hampshire nucleus herd

16th May 2013

A new partnership between JSR Genetics and Swedish processors HKScan will see the establishment of a Hampshire nucleus herd in the UK, meaning future supplies of boars and semen from this exceptional terminal sire are secure.   The move follows HKScan’s buy-out of previous supplier Nordic Genetics. For more than 7 years JSR has supplied Cranswick plc with the Swedish genes for specific production of premium products for Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference fresh pork range. This u...

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Advancements in biosecurity continue to minimise health risks for JSR customers

14th May 2013

Continual advancements and vigilance in biosecurity at JSR’s AI studs mean more producers than ever are benefiting from the high health status of JSR’s animals and semen.   There are a vast number of measures in place at the company’s studs and nucleus units that are designed to protect their own herd animals as well as the businesses of customers.Boars are regularly introduced to the studs and are resident on average for 12 months. With such a frequent intake and large...


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New technology – why it’s always worth a second chance

3rd May 2013

During the last 60 years of fully commercialised pig farming, the industry has been blessed with many innovative minds, and a myriad of technologies have been devised to aid the accuracy and efficiency of the modern pig farm.   Some of these systems were seemingly well before their time, which sadly meant they were trialled and released when the technology needed to make them a success was not available. Sadly the pig industry has a long memory when it comes to issues like these.When a ne...

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JSR’s student placement establishes ongoing research into piglet mortality in Freedom Farrowing

3rd May 2013

Hannah Sewell, has established an important research project that will continue to be funded by Sainsbury’s and will see involvement from the Scottish Agricultural College once she returns to University in September.   Hannah (20) is midway through a degree in Biology at the University of York and took the placement after looking for an opportunity to spend a year in industry during her degree course. JSR have long standing connections with The University of York as Arthur Sykes...

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26th March 2013

SR are looking for sites around the UK to grow on breeding gilts. JSR are looking for sites around the UK to grow on breeding gilts. We require sites containing buildings, with power and water and offer competitive rent dependent on the facilities available. Potential sites should be a minimum of 3km from the nearest pig population. For more information please contact Paul Green on 07976 939817 or email paul.green@jsr.co.uk...

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JSR extends its global reach by launching JSR Checkfarm consultancy service

4th March 2013

JSR have recently expanded their diverse portfolio to offer consultancy services following the formation of a joint venture business with a company that has been working with pig producers worldwide to help them improve herd management and their bottom line, for over 10 years.   The new JSR Checkfarm service offers producers and farmers the chance to improve output and sales through production management, farm design, genetic management, nutrition, health, financial managem...

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First Chinese litters allow further expansion of JSR’s global breeding programme

27th February 2013

JSR’s global breeding programme has seen its first litters born in China, signalling the spread of the company’s genetics into the most important market in the world.   The breeding herd, which is run as a joint venture under the name of Hubei Jinxu JSR Breeding Ltd in the Hubei province of central China, was stocked from three of JSR’s main nucleus herds in the UK with two of the company’s dam lines – Genepacker 1 and 2 – and two sire lines – Gen...

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JSR wins gold in Olympic year

9th January 2013

Staff at Southburn-based JSR are celebrating after the company was awarded the prestigious Investors in People Gold Standard. Investors in People (IIP) Gold is a demanding standard that sets out a framework for evaluating how well a company connects strategy and operational planning with its people policy, and JSR are believed to be one of the first agricultural companies in the UK to be awarded the Standard. JSR Chairman Tim Rymer said: “We are delighted to be awarded Investors in P...

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JSR’s latest investment set to improve minimum sperm count per dose

30th November 2012

Investment in the latest semen dosage counting technology will ensure all JSR semen products now offer customers even higher levels of consistency and far exceed existing industry audit standards.   Investment in the latest semen dosage counting technology will ensure all JSR semen products now offer customers even higher levels of consistency and far exceed existing industry audit standards. The company has been using the SP100 Nucleo Counter for a number of years for internal quality co...


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Success for JSR at University of Kent Innovation Awards

31st October 2012

Vital JSR Genetics collaborative research into the generation and transportation of pig embryos has seen the project scoop two prestigious awards at the recent University of Kent Innovation Awards.   The first for Impact through knowledge exchange awarded to our collaborator professor Darren Griffin, the second awarded jointly to JSR Genetics, Professor Griffin and "The Bridge" IVF centre in London for outstanding industry/academia collaboration. The company, which has been working in col...


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New China Franchise for JSR

12th October 2012

JSR have strengthened their position in China by signing a franchise deal with Tianjin Bo Hui Rui Kang Livestock Breeding Ltd based in the Jinnan district of Tianjin in Northern China.   The deal will see the establishment of a nucleus herd in the Tianjin region following the delivery of the first animals planned for May 2013. It’s hoped that by joining forces, JSR and Tianjin Bo Hui Rui Kang will help further the development of Chinese industry and provide quality meat products to...


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JSR customer named Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year

10th October 2012

Breeders David and Sue Morgan of Pockthorpe near Driffield have been named Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year at a glittering ceremony held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London’s Park Lane.   The couple, who manage a herd of 1700 breeding sows, have been customers of JSR for over 10 years and are currently using the company’s Genepacker 90 gilts and Geneconverter 800 boars, as well as JSRs renowned AI services. JSR Sales director Giles Christie offered his c...


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23rd JSR Conference a success thanks to ‘excellent’ line up of industry leaders

19th September 2012

The 23rd Annual JSR Conference was hailed a success by delegates who were educated and entertained by a line-up of top industry leaders including Countryfile presenter Adam Henson.   More than 150 delegates from across the UK and beyond descended on the Ron Cooke Hub at York University to network and hear the latest thinking on issues affecting the industry from JSR themselves, Lincolnshire farmer and Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) John Godfrey, Swe...


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Herd restock a success thanks to JSR Genepacker and Geneconverter technology

6th September 2012

A Nottinghamshire herd has seen increased productivity and performance thanks to cutting-edge genetic technology from JSR.   The 550-strong herd belonging to Newark-based Allen Farms was starting to show signs of disease, and performance was beginning to tail off so the decision was taken for a complete destock-repop. The enterprise has over 550 sows on a mixed indoor/outdoor unit. Sows spend most of their time outdoors, but half farrow indoors and half outdoors, with all stock finish...

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Agent for Georgia promotes UK Genetics in Eastern Europe

7th August 2012

JSR, the leading international pig genetics company, has confirmed the importance it places on Eastern Europe by appointing a highly experienced new agent in Georgia.   Dr Simon Appleby, General Director of YFN Georgia LLC, based in Tbilsi, will provide a strong strategic presence on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, close to the Caspian region, from where he will distribute JSR Grandparent Gilts, Parent Gilts and Terminal Sires. “There is a big interest in modern commer...


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900 high genetic merit JSR pigs delivered to China

20th July 2012

Near 900 high genetic merit breeding pigs have flown to China in a 747 specially chartered by JSR Genetics, the leading UK pig genetics company.   The animals were on route to Hubei Jinxu JSR Breeding Limited, the joint venture between JSR and Chinese pig producers Hubei COFCo, to create a brand new Nucleus herd. “We are delighted be establishing a nucleus herd here in the Hubei Province,”says Paul Anderson, JSR’s International Sales Director. “Astrong pr...


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Local agents in Asia to promote UK Genetics

13th July 2012

JSR Genetics, the leading international pig genetics company, has made strong inroads into the expanding Asian market by securing two new highly experienced agents, in Vietnam and Thailand.   Henry Hieu is General Manager of the Viet Huy Trading and Service Company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Boensang ‘Ding’ Prasitphol, of Accon Trading Company Ltd, based in Bangkok is the new agent for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. “JSR are delighted to be working wi...


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JSR Wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

12th April 2012

Leading UK pig genetics company, JSR Genetics have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade as recognition for outstanding export success. This is the second time the Yorkshire based company has received the award, made in honour of the Queen’s birthday and recognises an overall growth in earnings of 117% over a 3 year period.“We are delighted to receive this honour” says Tim Rymer, JSR Chairman.  “The last decade has be...

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JSR, Roslin Institute and Kent University win key research funding

2nd April 2012

Leading global pig breeders and geneticists, JSR Genetics, have successfully won two prestigious Technology Strategy Board grants in conjunction with top UK academic partners. The recently awarded grants, totaling near £800k, have been allocated to projects firmly focused on efficiency and sustainability, highlight JSR’s on-going commitment to scientific advances supporting industry growth.“We have always found links with academic partners to be very valuable,” says Dr Gr...

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JSR launch ‘Faster Finishing’ Boar

2nd April 2012

Pig and Poultry Fair 2012 will see the launch of a keenly anticipated new Sireline, the ‘faster finishing’ JSR Geneconverter 800m Boar, by leading global pig breeders, JSR Genetics. Bred specifically for speed of growth, JSR Geneconverter 800m progeny are up to 3 days faster to finish, giving an extra 5 kilos for those wanting more weight at the end of the production cycle.  In JSR’s nucleus units the top 10% of animals are consistently achieving 100 kilos in 120 days with...

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Pioneering IMF technology boosts profit in pork

2nd April 2012

Pioneering new technology, unique in the UK, is being used by JSR Genetics to enhance the flavour of pork by reintroducing more marbled meat, without adding back fat.   The image analysis software called BioSoft Toolbox® II - the only one of its kind in the UK - allows operators to analyse ultrasound scans from live animals to determine intra muscular fat (IMF) levels, the trait that determines not only flavor, but also tenderness and succulence. “As IMF levels increase you...


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Advances in AI – More to achieve? By Stephen Waite, Head of Science, JSR Genetics

1st April 2012

The role of AI, in delivering the ‘best of the best’ genetics - and farrowing rates of up to 95% - is already firmly established as pivotal to the success of the pig industry. So how much more is there to achieve? Can Research and Development yield real positive benefits? In our experience, the answer would be yes; on-going initiatives at JSR Genetics are offering pig producersimprovements now - and plenty to look forward to. One such project is the viability of offering sex sel...

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Gilt Edged Return By Tim Rymer, Chairman, JSR

23rd March 2012

In the UK pig industry there is currently a gilt that is not only a safe and sound investment but is producing spectacular returns.  The JSR Genepacker Gilt.In financial markets there is a method of investing called Arbitrage – taking positions in 2 different markets when the movement between the two is in favour of the investor.  UK pig producers can use Arbitrage right now to improve returns.  The two markets are the Cull Sow and Gilt Replacement markets.  W...

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Investment in people at JSR to push international sales

20th March 2012

Due to continued growth in Asia and Europe, JSR Genetics has expanded its international sales team. Yolanda Hou, who joined JSR as a top Chinese graduate in early 2011, has been promoted to International Key Account Manager in China.  Ben Rawson joins JSR as International Key Account Manager in Europe.“Yolanda and Ben will focus on delivering international sales and ensuring pig producers in China and Europe have access to leading UK genetics,” comments Paul Anderson J...

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Advances in AI – the future

1st March 2012

Already delivering the ‘best of the best’ genetics and farrowing rates of up to 95%, the role of AI in pig production is assured. But what of the future? What is the focus of current research and development? Here, Head of Science Stephen Waite and Stud Manager Steve Cook of JSR Genetics tell how latest research initiatives offer plenty for pig producers now and even more to look forward to. “In AI, we’re giving our customers the ‘best of the bes...

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