Consumers with the ability to pay a premium for organic food are encouraging pig breeders in the mountains of eastern China’s Anhui province to embrace new business opportunities that are expected to boost their incomes. On a mountain about 1,000 meters above sea level, breeder He Xianglin has tapped a spring with “really sweet” water that he funnels through bamboo pipes to his pig farm about 100 meters to the south. Around 120 sows and dozens of newborn black piglets drink the spring water and eat cabbages and turnips He also grows on the mountain slope, irrigated by the spring and fertilized with pig manure…Full Article: ECNS.cn Mar 2016

Key Point

  • Based in Wangjiang County, Anhui Province, Xiandai Fine Breed Cultivation is the sole livestock company in China that breeds the Anqing Liubai black pig. The company has been raising (10 months to reach 90 kg) the Liubai hog breed since 2005. In 2014, the company began marketing their hogs.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In July 2013, according to representative of Nanjing Agricultural University, Chinese hog breeds comprised roughly 5% to 10% of China’s total pork output. Additionally, there was concern that 31 Chinese hog species would go extinct.
  • Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Aoxin Tianli (formerly Tianli Agritech) is a major black hog commercial farming company.
  • 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. In general, Chinese hogs have a lean meat proportion of 35%, while imported breeds typically have 65%. 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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