Topigs Norsvin Canada Inc. has purchased the swine genetics and business operations of Signature Genes of Ste. Anne, Manitoba.
The Signature Genes Duroc herd is a high-health, elite population of high quality Durocs that is well known in Manitoba and western Canada. Established in 1981, this herd has been performance tested for more than 30 years. Throughout these years, the use of the most modern testing methods has been applied. Measurement and selection for backfat, growth rate, feed conversion and meat quality have made the Signature Duroc desirable by producers and packers alike.
Topigs Norsvin Canada General Manager Cam McGavin comments: “The completion of this purchase is the result of several years of planning. The merger of Topigs and Norsvin in 2014 brought the Norsvin Duroc line to Canada. Now with the acquisition of the Signature Duroc we will be able to offer two very distinct Duroc lines to our customers. As with all of our lines, we will apply the very best methods of genetic improvement and technology to the Signature lines.”
The Signature Duroc boars and semen are currently available at several artificial insemination operations in Canada with new opportunities being pursued.
Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.