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Fast Genetics was founded in 1982 by the Fast family in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Canada. The original stocking of animals was done by placing caesarean derived piglets into the nucleus farm. Dr. Harold Fast’s vision of a genetics company that provides high-health breeding stock with a commitment to animal care remains apart of Fast Genetics’ core values today.
In 2000, Fast Genetics grew from Western Canada into the USA. Fast Genetics’ expansion into the USA included the creation of a sales force, new infrastructure, and significant market share growth. In addition to geographical growth, Fast Genetics grew its germplasm and introduced new genes from France via embryo transfer. The new genes allowed Fast Genetics to offer new genetic lines.
In 2005, Fast Genetics moved into Eastern Canada via Groupe Ceres, furthering its market growth. Today, Groupe Ceres is Fast Genetics’ distributor and partner in Eastern Canada.
Fast Genetics became a wholly-owned subsidiary of HyLife in 2006. With over 60,000 sows, feed mills, and a packing plant, HyLife is one of Canada’s largest integrated pig producers. The HyLife ownership, and now partnership, allowed Fast Genetics to incorporate a breeding-to-plate understanding and focus. At the same time, HyLife entered a joint-venture with Tianzow, bringing Fast Genetics breeding stock to China.
In 2015, Sexing Technologies purchased Fast Genetics from HyLife. Building on the success and knowledge from the past, Fast Genetics and Sexing Technologies are pioneering new innovations in the pig genetics industry.