China visit to Norwegian Red AI bull station
On Thursday, June 29, a Chinese expert team from AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of P.R.C) visited Geno, the breeding organization for Norwegian Red, to approve the Store Ree AI station and allow export of Norwegian Red semen to China.
Geno started to export semen to China in 2009. However, as the bilateral relationship between China and Norway changed in 2010, semen export was stopped. In April of this year, China's AQSIQ Minister Zhi Shuping and Norway's MOAF Minister Jon Georg Dale (Ministry of Agriculture and Food) signed a protocol which regulates the export of bull semen from Norway to China, allowing the return of Norwegian Red semen to the Chinese market.
Norwegian Red fit in China
"China is a big market for us. There are more cows in China than in the United States, and they want to increase the production of their own food,” says Sverre Bjørnstad, Chief Executive Officer of Geno.
“We see that Norwegian Red is a good fit in China,” adds Bjørnstad. “We have sent delegations to China several times, and they seem very open to learn. Several veterinarians from Geno have facilitated courses in insemination and operational management for the Chinese.”
20 000 doses Norwegian Red soon ready for shipping
Initially, a shipment of 20,000 doses of Norwegian Red semen is planned to be sent from Norway to China. Among this shipment, it is bulls 11229 Oksjale and 11284 Skretting that are generating the most interest.
Geno is the largest exporter of red dairy semen globally, and Norwegian Red has been the most sold red breed globally for three years in a row. Geno exports to the USA, Canada, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, New Zealand, Poland, Turkey, Australia and some other markets.