Dutch automation system manufacturer Nedap Agri has concluded a contract with Yurun, one of the larger pork processing companies in China.
Yurun has expressed its intention of using Nedap Velos Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) system on 60 of its sow farms, all of which still have to be built. Each farm will house 2,400 sows.
A total of around 150,000 sows raised by the Chinese company will be fed individually by the company’s system.
Established in 1993, the Yurun Group is originally a pork processing company and has two public listed companies. Yurun Food is one of it’s daughther companies which is listed in Hong Kong. With a turnover of 21.5 billion Hong Kong dollars (about €2.26 billion), profits totalling 3.1 billion Hong Kong dollars (about €326 million) and a slaughtering capacity of 28.6 million finishers in 2010, the company is one of the major players on the Chinese market.
Meet the demand
In order to continue to meet the rising demand for pork in China, in which quality and food safety is safeguarded, the organisation decided to integrate the entire production chain under its own management.
For their sow farms, Yurun opted for a group housing system using pig feeding stations. Apart from supplying the ESF devices, Nedap Agri will supervise Yurun to ensure successful implementation of the group housing. This cooperation with Yurun – and as a consequence the acceptance of ESF by one of the major players in China – signifies an important breakthrough for Nedap Agri in the Chinese agricultural market.
The contract was signed in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen, who was in China on a trade mission.