“No matter how you raise the pigs, you lose money,” said the farmer in her 60s. “You lose money if you feed the hogs and sell them to slaughterhouses. You also lose money if you feed the sows and sell the piglets.”

 

 

How China’s pork crisis put the squeeze on struggling family pig farms

 

·         African swine fever and subsequent pork price volatility have accelerated a structural transformation in China’s hog farming industry

·         Small retail farmers, the backbone of the industry for centuries, are slowly losing market share to larger agricultural corporations

 

Ji Siqi, South China Morning Post (China)

16 Jul, 2021

 

In mid June, pig farmer Liang Rixiang made the painful decision to downsize the hog farm she had been expanding for the past decade, selling four of her 10 breeding sows, two of them with babies.

 

Liang’s farm of 100 hogs was relatively big for her village in northeastern Liaoning province. But neither she nor her smaller neighbours could avoid the economic pressure caused by plummeting pork prices, which have dropped as much as 60 per cent since the beginning of the year.

 

“No matter how you raise the pigs, you lose money,” said the farmer in her 60s. “You lose money if you feed the hogs and sell them to slaughterhouses. You also lose money if you feed the sows and sell the piglets.”

 

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