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AGFEED, China, part II: Jiangxi Lushan Breeder Pig Farm Company

The Chinese economy is booming and so is its pig industry. In various locations all over the country, professional organisations are being set up with foreign investments and experience. Near the city of Nanchang, Agfeed is building up its feed and swine business to become a real integration. Pig Progress editor Vincent ter Beek had a look in the company's multiplier farm near Lushan, Yangxi province.

For more information about Agfeed, please read the article "Agfeed: Growing fast in a changing market" in Pig Progress, volume 26, No. 9, 2010. In this issue, more articles on China can also be found.

• Click here for Part I: Nanchang Best Husbandry Company
• Click here for Part III: Jiangxi Agfeed Breeding Company

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  • The majority of farms owned by Agfeed are traditional farrow-to-finish farms with production on one site, acquired in 2008. They have a typical capacity of 10,000 to 20,000 market hogs/ year. In order to supply these farms, Agfeed is in a transition phase constructing its own breeding pyramid. One multiplier farm can be found in the Lushan area, at two hours' drive north from Nanchang. Relatively few people are living in this region, which makes it ideal for pig production. This path with disinfection pool leads up to the…

    The majority of farms owned by Agfeed are traditional farrow-to-finish farms with production on one site, acquired in 2008. They have a typical capacity of 10,000 to 20,000 market hogs/ year. In order to supply these farms, Agfeed is in a transition phase constructing its own breeding pyramid. One multiplier farm can be found in the Lushan area, at two hours' drive north from Nanchang. Relatively few people are living in this region, which makes it ideal for pig production. This path with disinfection pool leads up to the…

  • …Jiangxi Lushan Breeder Pig Farm Company, a multiplier farm, constructed in 2006. Until its acquisition in 2008, the farm was owned by a local breeder, after which it was transformed to fit into Agfeed's breeding strategy. In the whole of China, Agfeed owns three multiplier farms.

    …Jiangxi Lushan Breeder Pig Farm Company, a multiplier farm, constructed in 2006. Until its acquisition in 2008, the farm was owned by a local breeder, after which it was transformed to fit into Agfeed's breeding strategy. In the whole of China, Agfeed owns three multiplier farms.

  • From a hill top, the Lushan multiplier farm can be seen well. In the background, behind the office buildings, weaner and grower facilities are located. At approximately 70 days, the pigs will be moved to the testing barns (blue roofs) and be separated for sex. Breeding facilities are located nearby, but outside of this image.

    From a hill top, the Lushan multiplier farm can be seen well. In the background, behind the office buildings, weaner and grower facilities are located. At approximately 70 days, the pigs will be moved to the testing barns (blue roofs) and be separated for sex. Breeding facilities are located nearby, but outside of this image.

  • Disinfection of visitors, is a standard procedure here in order to enter the premises.

    Disinfection of visitors, is a standard procedure here in order to enter the premises.

  • In Lushan, 46 employees are living on-site. A basketball field is provided for them.

    In Lushan, 46 employees are living on-site. A basketball field is provided for them.

  • Landrace x Yorkshire gilts are crossed with Duroc sire lines to produce breeding animals. Gilts are not only bred for use in the own Agfeed production chain but are also sold to third parties. For purchase purposes, these sales exhibition rooms are installed.

    Landrace x Yorkshire gilts are crossed with Duroc sire lines to produce breeding animals. Gilts are not only bred for use in the own Agfeed production chain but are also sold to third parties. For purchase purposes, these sales exhibition rooms are installed.

  • Interested parties can thus look at the pigs…

    Interested parties can thus look at the pigs…

  • …without actually having physical contact with them.

    …without actually having physical contact with them.

  • When a party of gilts will go on transport to commercial farms, they will be loaded on trucks and depart from this gate. On average, the gilts weigh between 50-70 kg when they leave. In total, the multiplier farm produces up to 6,000 breeding gilts per year. The rest and also the barrows are sold to commercial farms.

    When a party of gilts will go on transport to commercial farms, they will be loaded on trucks and depart from this gate. On average, the gilts weigh between 50-70 kg when they leave. In total, the multiplier farm produces up to 6,000 breeding gilts per year. The rest and also the barrows are sold to commercial farms.

  • The pigs born on-farm are vaccinated for Classical Swine Fever, swine influenza and PCV2. Castration happens between 3-5 days; weaning happens at 21-24 days.

    The pigs born on-farm are vaccinated for Classical Swine Fever, swine influenza and PCV2. Castration happens between 3-5 days; weaning happens at 21-24 days.

  • Antibiotics are only sparsely given to the animals and in low levels in the nursery rooms.

    Antibiotics are only sparsely given to the animals and in low levels in the nursery rooms.

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