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Argentine company to lead a genetic center in China

An Argentine company of the Insud Group will lead in China the construction of a genetic center, with the investment of ten million dollars, to improve the bovine herd of the Asian country: It is the company Garruchos Agropecuaria, owner of Cabaña the Murmullos, that Carries out this initiative in a technology transfer agreement that was launched in 2015 in partnership with the Chinese company Shenlong, specializing in in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer and artificial insemination.

The genetic center will be set up in the Chinese city of Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia province, on a 30-hectare site, and will enter service in 2019, according to sources in the Insud group chaired by Dr. Hugo Sigman.

As a result of this agreement, Garruchos Agropecuaria, located in the province of Buenos Aires, became the first Argentine company to export frozen genetics embryos from Aberdeen Angus, a meat-producing breed,

In order to achieve these business goals, Shenlong and Garruchos Agropecuaria formed the mixed company Garruchos China, which manages the importation of high added value products and the training of human resources by Argentine specialists in bovine genetics, according to Insud.

In 2015 the first export from Argentina of 1,000 Angus frozen embryos of Los Murmullos was carried out, aimed at improving meat production in the Asian country. Since then, the cottage has also shipped 15,000 doses of brood semen.

The first batch of embryos achieved 50 percent pregnancy and the first offspring were born. The rest of the calves will be born in September of this year.

Although the first embryos produced in China with Garruchos genetics will be harvested at the end of 2017, it is expected that the ultra-elite genetics (embryos and semen) will continue to be exported from the country once a year to supply the market The most populous country and the second largest economy in the world.

China’s high demand for meat, as a result of the changing food habits of the population, offers an opportunity for Argentina, which together with Brazil and the US is China’s main food supplier.

Garruchos Agropecuaria is specialized in cattle breeding for the production of meat, milk and agriculture and works with Hereford, Angus, Braford and Brangus races, in a constant commitment to its genetic improvement.

It belongs to the Insud Group, a conglomerate of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other sectors, such as the agricultural and hotel industry, which includes a film production company.

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