Ruibang, a private Chinese company in Hebei province, and Topigs Norsvin in China, signed a strategic joint venture agreement on 27 June 2014. The joint venture will operate a nucleus unit to produce and distribute world class Topigs Norsvin genetics in Hebei province and Northern China. Topigs Norsvin China will provide an ongoing genetic programme and marketing support through its local and international team of experts. The joint venture also includes a Genetic Centre to establish a flow of Topigs Norsvin genetics to Zhangjiakou, with a sow population of more than 200,000 sows. Topigs Norsvin will produce top-quality semen at the Genetic Centre with distribution through the Ruibang sales network.
With this cooperation, ZhangJiaKou city and Hebei province will have safe and high-quality pork produced efficiently and with the lowest cost price. The government, ZhangJiakou Animal Husbandry Bureau and Hebei North University, the multi-faculty university in Zhangjiakou, are closely involved in the cooperation. The new Ruibang Pig Breeding Farm and distribution network will offer the students internship and job opportunities. Ruibang has adopted western barn facilities and Topigs Norsvin management processes.
On 20 June 2014 the first 210 Topigs Norsvin breeding gilts arrived at the new breeding farm. The project will support over 25,000 sows in integration and the quality of production is assured by Six Sigma quality assurance system. The agreements were signed and witnessed by Ms Nynke Runia, Agricultural Counsellor of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Jiang Wang, City Secretary General of C.P.C., Mr Glen Illing, Topigs Norsvin Regional Director Asia Pacific & Africa, and Mr Zhongliang Yang, President of Ruibang company.