China is the world’s biggest pork producer. The country’s production last year was 53.3 million metric tons, almost 50 percent of the global total. But research has found that more Chinese native pigs are dying out. Wang Linyun at Nanjing Agricultural University said native species account for just 5 to 10% of the 50 million or so sows in China, while other experts estimate that 31 species are on the verge of extinction…Full text article: China Daily July 2013

Key points

  • From 1991 to 2001, China imported ~16,000 hogs (~1,500 per year), but this figure rose to 2,000 to 5,000 hogs per year from 2002 onwards.
  • Chinese hogs have a lean meat proportion of 35%, while imported breeds typically have 65%. The article noted that the most popular imported breeds are the UK’s Yorkshire and Berkshire hogs, Denmark’s Landrace, and the USA’s Duroc hog.

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