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Photo report: Dan Yu Breeding Farm, China

The Danish pig industry is rapidly building up its presence on the shores of China. In recent years, a breeding facility as well as a commercial pig farm emerged near Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. Pig Progress takes you on a tour.

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  • Talk about natural biosecurity – on the semi-island near Lianyungang, there is no other livestock farm, let alone building around the Danish pig farm complexes. If there is activity, the neighbours are active in salines and aquaculture.

    Talk about natural biosecurity – on the semi-island near Lianyungang, there is no other livestock farm, let alone building around the Danish pig farm complexes. If there is activity, the neighbours are active in salines and aquaculture.

  • Today's main destination: Dan Yu Breeding farm, 1 of the 2 Danish pig projects here, on the shores of the East China Sea. The 1,600 sow complex with GGP and GP sows produces both crossbred and purebred breeding stock for the Chinese market.

    Today's main destination: Dan Yu Breeding farm, 1 of the 2 Danish pig projects here, on the shores of the East China Sea. The 1,600 sow complex with GGP and GP sows produces both crossbred and purebred breeding stock for the Chinese market.

  • Jørgen Lindberg is CEO of the Dan Yu Breeding Farm, but also CEO of another Danish pig project in China, Scandinavian Farms. More about that a little later.

    Jørgen Lindberg is CEO of the Dan Yu Breeding Farm, but also CEO of another Danish pig project in China, Scandinavian Farms. More about that a little later.

  • This aisle is the key corridor in the breeding farm. In total 14 rooms, 7 on either side, constitute the main farm components.

    This aisle is the key corridor in the breeding farm. In total 14 rooms, 7 on either side, constitute the main farm components.

  • In 2 boar rooms, there is place for 76 boars, most of which are Large White and Yorkshire.

    In 2 boar rooms, there is place for 76 boars, most of which are Large White and Yorkshire.

  • A feature that comes back in all other rooms are yellow feeders. Danish feeding equipment company Skiold delivered these for pigs of all ages.

    A feature that comes back in all other rooms are yellow feeders. Danish feeding equipment company Skiold delivered these for pigs of all ages.

  • The gilt room – for new GGP sows of the future.

    The gilt room – for new GGP sows of the future.

  • The next 2 rooms are an insemination room and the gestation room. The farm applies free access stalls, a system frequently used in Denmark.

    The next 2 rooms are an insemination room and the gestation room. The farm applies free access stalls, a system frequently used in Denmark.

  • Very Danish: providing straw for the sows, as distraction material.

    Very Danish: providing straw for the sows, as distraction material.

  • Next room: the farrowing rooms. All farrowing crates come with piglet covers to keep the newborn piglets warm if necessary, just like in Denmark.

    Next room: the farrowing rooms. All farrowing crates come with piglet covers to keep the newborn piglets warm if necessary, just like in Denmark.

  • The farm operates as a Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) unit. According to Chinese national regulations both piglets and sows have to be vaccinated against Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and Classical Swine Fever (CSF). Extra vaccinations include Japanese encephalitis, E. coli and parvovirus.

    The farm operates as a Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) unit. According to Chinese national regulations both piglets and sows have to be vaccinated against Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and Classical Swine Fever (CSF). Extra vaccinations include Japanese encephalitis, E. coli and parvovirus.

  • One door further again: the weaner room. At this stage, male piglets go to Scandinavian Farms for finishing as commercial pigs.

    One door further again: the weaner room. At this stage, male piglets go to Scandinavian Farms for finishing as commercial pigs.

  • Grower gilts stay at Dan Yu Breeding Farm until they reach about 60-70 kg; this is the ideal age for selling the animals. Buyers come from all over China, they happily drive 500 km north (Shanghai) or 750 km south (Beijing) to pick up new breeding stock.

    Grower gilts stay at Dan Yu Breeding Farm until they reach about 60-70 kg; this is the ideal age for selling the animals. Buyers come from all over China, they happily drive 500 km north (Shanghai) or 750 km south (Beijing) to pick up new breeding stock.

  • Dan Yu Breeding Farm also has a few Duroc breeding animals, to be able to breed Duroc boars.

    Dan Yu Breeding Farm also has a few Duroc breeding animals, to be able to breed Duroc boars.

  • Biosecurity is very important for the Danish farm complexes. This means changing shoes, clothing, as well as showering before entering the farm.

    Biosecurity is very important for the Danish farm complexes. This means changing shoes, clothing, as well as showering before entering the farm.

  • 3 times a day, a good meal is provided for all staff on-farm. This avoids the need for staff to leave the grounds to buy food themselves, again, for biosecurity reasons.

    3 times a day, a good meal is provided for all staff on-farm. This avoids the need for staff to leave the grounds to buy food themselves, again, for biosecurity reasons.

  • Let's take a quick look outside: only a few km away from the Dan Yu  Breeding Farm, the complex of Scandinavian Farms can be found. This is  surrounded by a biosecurity sluice and accompanied by the farm's own  feed mill.

    Let's take a quick look outside: only a few km away from the Dan Yu Breeding Farm, the complex of Scandinavian Farms can be found. This is surrounded by a biosecurity sluice and accompanied by the farm's own feed mill.

  • Scandinavian Farms is a 5,000 sow farrow-to-finish complex, consisting of 31 pig houses and 35,000 finisher places. The operation achieves 31 piglets/sow/year. A new location is added this year to this complex for another 7,700 sows. Total output should be 550,000 piglets/year in a few years from now.

    Scandinavian Farms is a 5,000 sow farrow-to-finish complex, consisting of 31 pig houses and 35,000 finisher places. The operation achieves 31 piglets/sow/year. A new location is added this year to this complex for another 7,700 sows. Total output should be 550,000 piglets/year in a few years from now.

  • A quick peek inside Scandinavian Farms' feed mill, which a current capacity of 60,000 tonnes/year. The feed mill provides grinded dry feed in 8 different rations, based on wheat, corn, barley and soymeal, for both Dan Yu Breeding Farm as well as Scandinavian Farms.

    A quick peek inside Scandinavian Farms' feed mill, which a current capacity of 60,000 tonnes/year. The feed mill provides grinded dry feed in 8 different rations, based on wheat, corn, barley and soymeal, for both Dan Yu Breeding Farm as well as Scandinavian Farms.

  • Just a few km away from the farms, Lindberg rents this giant storehouse, where e.g. wheat and barley are stored in case a large stock is bought. The hangar is also used for cleaning of feed and pig trucks.

    Just a few km away from the farms, Lindberg rents this giant storehouse, where e.g. wheat and barley are stored in case a large stock is bought. The hangar is also used for cleaning of feed and pig trucks.

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