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·         Are producers really breeding giant pigs in China?

Reports of Chinese hog producers breeding pigs the size of polar bears have emerged, but are the reports true, and what are the implications for breeding pigs so big?

 

·         ‘Breeding Pigs to Gigantic Proportions Is Contrary to Science’ – Expert

·         China’s Breeding Giant Pigs That Are as Heavy as Polar Bears

 

 

Are producers really breeding giant pigs in China?

Reports of Chinese hog producers breeding pigs the size of polar bears have emerged, but are the reports true, and what are the implications for breeding pigs so big?

 

The Pig Site

8 October 2019

 

With African swine fever wreaking havoc in China's pig industry, it is no surprise that those who can still afford to be in production are now pushing for higher productivity than ever before. Surviving herds are reaching higher market values as demand far outweighs what China's pig industry can currently produce. In order to meet consumer demand, China's global imports have increased significantly, but this appears to be merely scratching the surface of the 10 to 15 million tonne supply shortfall predicted by experts.

 

One proposed solution, embraced by producer Pang Cong in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi, is to breed giant pigs capable of producing 110 to 130 kilos of meat and fetching over 10,000 yuan ($1,399) at slaughter. Currently Pang Cong is rearing pigs to weights of around 500kg (1,102 pounds) but he has plans to rear bigger animals, comparable in size and weight to a polar bear.

 

According to reports from Bloomberg, it is not just smaller producers who are investing in giant swine: Wens Foodstuffs Group Co, Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd. and Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. have all confirmed that they are selectively breeding to increase the average weight of their pigs.

 

This is not the first time giant swine have hit the headlines, but many of those animals growing to extreme weights have met untimely endings through a number of health complications...

 

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‘Breeding Pigs to Gigantic Proportions Is Contrary to Science’ – Expert

 

Sputnick News (Russia)

08.10.2019

 

Increasing the weight of a pig can bring only short-term benefits; moreover, such an approach is contrary to general norms, said Ren Shouwen, a researcher in the Animal Husbandry Institute at the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Nanjing, China.

 

Bloomberg reported earlier that some farms and large meat producers in China are trying to increase the weight of their pigs. A farmer from Nanning set a record for pig-breeding. His pigs weigh 500 kg, and in size, they resemble polar bears. According to the agency, their cost is 10000 yuan, which is three times higher than the average monthly real income in the region.

 

"There is a shortage of pork in the market at the moment, so some farmers have begun to grow gigantic pigs. However, this method of breeding is contrary to science," Ren said.

 

The expert believes that increasing the livestock numbers of pigs can be much more effective than increasing the size of the animals.

 

"In the early stages, the pig mainly gains muscle, then fat begins to appear. In terms of efficiency, fat production is inferior to muscle production, and the value of fat is lower,” he said.

 

According to Bloomberg, by fattening up animals to enormous proportions, producers hope to eliminate the consequences of an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). According to analysts, by increasing the weight of a pig even from 110 to 140 kg, a farm business can increase its profit by 30%.

 

Ren Shouwen, who is a researcher in the Animal Husbandry Institute at the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, disagrees with this analysis:

 

"The time of feeding increases, so the production time is delayed. Moreover, the more time it takes to feed, the more resources are required. The sooner pork enters the market, the more it can fill the gap. Giant pigs’ breeding delays their production, so this will not help to cope with the deficit," he says...

 

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China’s Breeding Giant Pigs That Are as Heavy as Polar Bears

 

Bloomberg News

October 7, 2019

 

In a farm deep in the southern region of China lives a very big pig that’s as heavy as a polar bear.

 

The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is part of a herd that’s being bred to become giant swine. At slaughter, some of the pigs can sell for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,399), over three times higher than the average monthly disposable income in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province where Pang Cong, the farm’s owner, lives.

 

While Pang’s pigs may be an extreme example of the lengths farmers are going to fill China’s swelling pork shortage problem, the idea that bigger is better has been spreading across the country, home to the world’s most voracious consumers of the meat.

 

High pork prices in the northeastern province of Jilin is prompting farmers to raise pigs to reach an average weight of 175 kilograms to 200 kilograms, higher than the normal weight of 125 kilograms. They want to raise them “as big as possible,”said Zhao Hailin, a hog farmer in the region.

 

The trend isn’t limited to small farms either. Major protein producers in China, including Wens Foodstuffs Group Co, the country’s top pig breeder, Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd. and Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. say they are trying to increase the average weight of their pigs. Big farms are focusing on boosting the heft by at least 14%, said Lin Guofa, a senior analyst with consulting firm Bric Agriculture Group.

 

The average weight of pigs at slaughter at some large-scale farms has climbed to as much as 140 kilograms, compared with about 110 kilograms normally, Lin said. That could boost profits by more than 30%, he said.

 

The large swine are being bred during a desperate time for China. With African swine fever decimating the nation’s hog herd -- in half, by some estimates -- prices of pork have soared to record levels, leading the government to urge farmers to boost production to temper inflation. Wholesale pork prices in China have surged more than 70% this year, while pig inventories plunged 39% in August from a year earlier.

 

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-06/china-is-breeding-giant-pigs-the-size-of-polar-bears