It will house what will be a growing herd of genetically pure, disease-free Auckland Island pigs the company, Living Cell Technologies, already has in Southland. The pigs will be used in ground-breaking diabetes treatments.
Professor Bob Elliot said there were millions of diabetics worldwide, which potentially meant the pig cell transfer industry could be a huge earner for Southland.
“You’re talking about something that will make the dairying industry look like play money,” Professor Elliot said.
Sounds like good news for health and the Southland economy.