Brazilian Sheep Breeders visit the UK to focus on UK Genetics

Sheep missionThe recent success of Brazilian sheep bred from UK genetics has caused much interest and demand for UK Sheep genetics, in particular the Texel breed which was this years’ champion at Expointer, Brazil’s premier agricultural event. In order to showcase further breeds as well as promote the technology which goes hand in hand with the UK Sheep industry UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Embassy in Brazil, arranged an inward mission, bringing a group from Brazil ranging from breeders through to academics.

The group, accompanied by Tatiana Santos Trade Development Officer from the British Embassy, visited the UK. The technical tour, which was organised on behalf of UKTI by UK Agri-Food & Drink Ltd (UKAFD), and in collaboration with the British Embassy, took the delegates on a tour of the sheep breeding and meat production supply chain around Scotland; finishing at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.

The aim of the mission was to demonstrate the superior carcass quality and productivity of UK genetics, and their suitability to Southern Brazil. This will capitalise on the recent success in Brazil of the Texel sheep breed. ; “UK sheep genetics are advancing in Southern Brazil, the potential for sale of embryos (when export certification is approved) is great, and we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase the UK. Visiting the UK during the Royal Highland Show gave delegates the chance to see the best sheep genetics available, as well as the breeding process and technologies supporting them.” Said Tatiana

Sheep MissionShe added; “the champion Texel at Expointer, Brazil’s premier agricultural event, last year was sired by a UK Ram, through imported semen, and this visit to the UK gives Brazilian sheep breeders the opportunity to compare those animals with pure bred British sheep – which they will be able to breed themselves once UK embryos are on sale in Brazil.”

In addition to visiting farms and sheep breeders in Scotland, the mission also took a wider view of the meat supply chain; from research and farms through to retailers, with visits to a sheep research station, an abattoir, meat processor and supermarket.

“The opportunity to take a step back and see the whole picture enables the delegates to fully appreciate the value of UK genetics, the quality of the meat produced and how the technology in the UK is utilised to add value;” said Ben Salisbury, Director of UKAFD, who accompanied the mission. “It can also lead to the identification of other business opportunities between the UK and Brazil which might have been missed had we focussed on only one element of the supply chain”

Initial feedback from the group has been very positive and all delegates have said how important it was to not only see the animals but also the technology, research, welfare and care that is required to produce these animals. “The technical mission was extremely important, because we had the opportunity to get to know new tecnologies, from the production until the end of the productive chain, in other words, farms, universities and research institutes, cold storage industry and the Royal Highland Show, including the supermarket”. Said Cledson Augusto Garcia from the Universidade de Marília “During the whole week the activities were intense, showing the great potential of Scotland and that without any doubts we can apply good part of the technological innovations in Brazil, in the different segments of agribusiness.”

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"The technical mission was extremely important, because we had the opportunity to get to know new tecnologies, from the prodution until the end of the productive chain, in other words, farms, universities and research institutes, cold storage industry and the Royal Highland Show, including the supermarket.

During the whole week the activities were intense, showing the great potential of Scotland and that without any doubts we can apply good part of the technological innovations in Brazil, in the different segments of agribusiness."

Cledson Augusto Garcia, UNIMAR

 

"I recognize that when I go back to Brazil I will have a much clearer vision than the one I had when I arrived in Scotland, in regards to the new investments I will do in the next few years.

Congratulations for the iniative conducted. This explains the reason of so much technological and cultural advance in the United Kingdom."

Luiz Roberto Saalfeld

 

"The whole Mission Program was excellent (Royal Highland Show, visits, farms, abbatoir and cold storage plant)"

Moacir da Fré

 

"The Mission was really great. If I was invited to another one, I would like to visit even more farms."

Enio Müller