We have already carried out the activity of production and marketing of pig semen in our pig farm. It was really word of mouth that spread our work.” With this simple explanation, María Àngels Rial, founder of Semen Cardona, describes the development of a family business that, in just a few years, has become the leading Spanish company in the field of boar semen production and marketing.
Rial oversees the process from removing semen from the animal to selling it in cold cans. With this tour, keep in mind that “the pigs go through a quarantine period when they enter the facilities. There we subject them to very strict serological controls in a biosecurity zone.” The traceability of the product is analyzed at all times to guarantee the customer that the dose of semen that arrives is the desired one.
A little over two years ago, the company entered the genetics sector of the rabbit sector. Beyond business diversification, Rial points out that the initiative came about at the request of some producers who needed the same technique used on pigs. “It helps us leverage the structure and logistics.”
Semen Cardona, which employs 22 people, will produce and market one million doses of boar semen. The development of billing is constant. From 2.9 million in 2008, there were three million last year and 3.5 million last year.