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AGFEED, China, part III: Jiangxi Hypor Agfeed Breeding 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 nucleus farm.

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 II: Jiangxi Lushan Breeder Pig Farm

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  • Three hours drive to the east of Nanchang, near Wunang, Agfeed has constructed a brand new nucleus farm in a joint-venture with Hypor: the Jiangxi Hypor Agfeed Breeding Company. In the fall of 2010, the farm was populated with 833 crossbred Landrace x Yorkshire gilts from France. Another shipment of an additional 600 gilts from Hypor Canada would follow later in 2010 – after which the farm would become 'closed'.

    Three hours drive to the east of Nanchang, near Wunang, Agfeed has constructed a brand new nucleus farm in a joint-venture with Hypor: the Jiangxi Hypor Agfeed Breeding Company. In the fall of 2010, the farm was populated with 833 crossbred Landrace x Yorkshire gilts from France. Another shipment of an additional 600 gilts from Hypor Canada would follow later in 2010 – after which the farm would become 'closed'.

  • Just like on the other two places, visited before, in Wunin also employees live on-farm. In this picture, the office staff residential area is photographed.

    Just like on the other two places, visited before, in Wunin also employees live on-farm. In this picture, the office staff residential area is photographed.

  • Anybody else visiting or working deeper inside of the complex needs to stay in quarantine for two to four days and pass a disinfecting shower prior to entering.

    Anybody else visiting or working deeper inside of the complex needs to stay in quarantine for two to four days and pass a disinfecting shower prior to entering.

  • The nucleus farm's high-health feed facility, serving complete feeds.

    The nucleus farm's high-health feed facility, serving complete feeds.

  • In total the Wunin farm has a capacity for 5,000 GGP sows. The facility has four different 'colour' areas for biosecurity reasons. In red roofed buildings, employees are located and so is the medicine zone. The barns with blue roof tops are testing buildings – here gilts are being tested for health condition, to assure absolute top quality.

    In total the Wunin farm has a capacity for 5,000 GGP sows. The facility has four different 'colour' areas for biosecurity reasons. In red roofed buildings, employees are located and so is the medicine zone. The barns with blue roof tops are testing buildings – here gilts are being tested for health condition, to assure absolute top quality.

  • The pigs can be transported from one zone to another using a special 'pig highway'.

    The pigs can be transported from one zone to another using a special 'pig highway'.

  • In the test farms, hanging water hoses can easily be adjusted to the right height.

    In the test farms, hanging water hoses can easily be adjusted to the right height.

  • Next door are the barns for grower gilts, to be recognised through yellow roofs.

    Next door are the barns for grower gilts, to be recognised through yellow roofs.

  • Indoors, a camera observation system can be used when interested buyers would like to see the animals and the way of working. This way, biosecurity is enhanced.

    Indoors, a camera observation system can be used when interested buyers would like to see the animals and the way of working. This way, biosecurity is enhanced.

  • Growers are kept in these elevated facilities provided by Big Dutchman – underneath slurry can be collected relatively easily through a sloping manure pit. All manure is collected on a central place on the farm, and is used for biogas production.

    Growers are kept in these elevated facilities provided by Big Dutchman – underneath slurry can be collected relatively easily through a sloping manure pit. All manure is collected on a central place on the farm, and is used for biogas production.

  • The young grower gilts are kept warm by this pipe system which runs through the concrete. It is heated by energy from the biogas facility.

    The young grower gilts are kept warm by this pipe system which runs through the concrete. It is heated by energy from the biogas facility.

  • The biogas system is located just across the farm road. Slurry is separated here – the solid part is used as a fertiliser; the liquid part is used in the biogas tank.

    The biogas system is located just across the farm road. Slurry is separated here – the solid part is used as a fertiliser; the liquid part is used in the biogas tank.

  • Next door again is the breeding department, separated from the rest again having light green coloured roofs.

    Next door again is the breeding department, separated from the rest again having light green coloured roofs.

  • The compartments have piglet boxes of disinfectable plastic for the new-born piglets. This allows the farm to use natural temperatures in summer and in winter, only these boxes need warming – not the whole rooms. In addition, the farrowing crates can be opened.

    The compartments have piglet boxes of disinfectable plastic for the new-born piglets. This allows the farm to use natural temperatures in summer and in winter, only these boxes need warming – not the whole rooms. In addition, the farrowing crates can be opened.

  • Like in the whole of the farm complex, German livestock equipment manufacturer Big Dutchman provided the majority of the feeding, housing and ventilation equipment.

    Like in the whole of the farm complex, German livestock equipment manufacturer Big Dutchman provided the majority of the feeding, housing and ventilation equipment.

  • Dry sows are kept in gestation crates.

    Dry sows are kept in gestation crates.

  • Only when they return from the AI section without being in-pig, they are mixed for heat stimulation purposes.

    Only when they return from the AI section without being in-pig, they are mixed for heat stimulation purposes.

  • At the far end of the farm complex, one building will house boars, mainly used for heat detection. All breeding is carried out using artificial insemination.

    At the far end of the farm complex, one building will house boars, mainly used for heat detection. All breeding is carried out using artificial insemination.

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