• Sweden edition
 
Swedish sperm becomes 'bestseller' in China

Swedish sperm becomes 'bestseller' in China

Published: 07 May 2012 15:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 May 2012 15:11 GMT+02:00

Viking Genetics in western Sweden has been supplying the Chinese with over 100,000 doses of bull sperm over the last year and is hoping to do the same this year, as the country means to double its heifer population.

“We have done really well in China. Way above expectation. Over the past year we have exported over 100,000 doses of sperm and that it very good for a market which we have just entered,” said Sara Wiklert Petersson, export manager at Viking Genetics to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The company, located in Skara, currently exports bull sperm to some 50 countries. Previously China wasn’t even on the top ten export countries but the country has the intention of becoming self-sufficient in dairy products.

It has therefore vowed to more than double its cow population from 10 to 20 million heifers and Viking Genetics is expecting to sell another 100,000 doses of sperm this year, Wiklert Petersson told SR.

The bulls donate sperm about twice a week. As the sperm is then diluted, the company can get up to 3,000 doses at one time, depending on the bull’s form.

Some of the animals have produced half a million sperm doses in their life time.

“They are brought in and egged to a state of excitement while shown the other handsome bulls that are there for the day and then they donate their sperm, which is later diluted to anything from 300 to 3,000 doses,” said Wiklert Petersson to SR.

The animals’ sperm is thoroughly tested from the age of one, along with their offspring’s resistance to disease, fertility, temperament and milk production.

The Chinese are also to a large extent interested in sperm that has undergone a separation process for gender selection, as they are chiefly interested in heifers for milk production, Wiklert Petersson told SR.

TT/Rebecca Martin

twitter.com/thelocalsweden

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

15:46 May 7, 2012 by Svensksmith
Oboy! Maybe they're will be some openings for sperm collectors at the ranch. Now there is something that I have experience in!
15:58 May 7, 2012 by RobinHood
I knew it, first the bees, now it's bull sperm. It's the hedgehogs they're really after.
16:30 May 7, 2012 by gabeltoon
I hope the farmers and the dairy industry are keeping tabs on this. As just about everything you see in the shops is made in CHINA it wont be long before we see MILK and DAIRY PRODUCTS flooding the SCANDANAVIAN and EUROPEAN market. ......... Just a thought...........
16:31 May 11, 2012 by tadchem
Now I'm afraid to have imported Chinese food.
22:06 May 15, 2012 by SockRayBlue
tadchem

The local Chinese food needs to be visited by food inspectors.
Today's headlines
Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat
Rickard Rundgren Björk of the coastguard services speaks to the media after the rescue operation on April 19th 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin /TT

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat

Three Saturday morning sailors had a lucky escape after their small boat collided and sank after it crashed into a cruise ship whilst sailing in the Stockholm archipelago. READ () »

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK
Sofie Marie Jansson. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK

British police have found the missing Swedish girl Sofie Jansson in London, exactly a week after she was last seen, with authorities saying she is doing well. READ () »

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Sweden's opposition party have stepped up its efforts to secure the pensioner vote by pledging to lower taxes for the elderly and make higher earners pay more. READ () »

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend
Showan Shattak pictured in Malmö before his attack. Photo: Facebook

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend

The 25-year-old man, whose stabbing by neo-Nazis sparked mass demonstrations across Sweden, has made a strong recovery in hospital and took to social media to thank supporters for campaigning against fascism. READ () »

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week. READ () »

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

751
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com