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Sunsing Farm - Shanghai, China

Sunsing Farm is one of Shanghai Province's larger breeding farms as Pig Progress editor, Vincent ter Beek, found out on his visit to China. Pig farming in the vicinity of a metropolis comes with opportunities and responsibilities.

Read more on this farm visit in Pig Progress 28.9.

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  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    The Donghai bridge is a famous 32 km construction, connecting Shanghai port with a cargo island, for very large ships. Where the bridge hits China’s mainland, Sunsing farm can be found.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    The main building of the breeding farm is situated near a town called Laogang, south of Shanghai. The farm is going through a major expansion process, more than doubling its output from 4,200 sows to 8,600 sows.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    Yan Gaoxiang is general manager for Sunsing. He travelled around China as well as abroad to gain inspiration how to expand.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    At the existing facility, visitors cannot enter any farm buildings. Instead, an extensive monitoring system is being used to offer visitors and potential gilt buyers a look inside.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    The current facility operates at an average of 19 piglets/sow/year. Since there is a strong demand to commercially produced gilts, profits are good. Gilts are sold at 60-65 kg.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    Gilts are being transported to small and medium sized farms all over China – even to North Eastern China or to the island of Hainan in the south.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    At the new farm location, a stretch of land of 30 x 10 km near the ocean, a couple of buildings have already been completed. Eventually, the new breeding farm will be a three-site complex for 4,400 sows.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    Essential for the farm is the addition of a biogas plant, to deal with the waste of the swine. All water, faeces and urine will be washed away and processed.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    The new site will be completed in 2015. It will include a boar stud, GGP and GP buildings, as well as buildings for growing gilts.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    As more companies do, Sunsing has a little museum devoted to the history of swine production on its site.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    Visitors can learn about various swine species around the world – and the ones specific to China.

  • PHOTO REPORT: SUNSING FARM - Shanghai, China

    This well-known museum object shows clearly how it used to be in China: A pig as part of the family.

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