Pig farming in China: From XXL high-rise buildings to backyards

It is estimated that the pig population will have fallen by almost a third in 2020. The scientist dr. Mindi Schneider, Wageningen University, assumes that many responsible people in China, but also international exporters, see the animal disease as an opportunity and have seen it. For example, export margins to China rose sharply for a short time.

However, the country seems to be recovering from the crisis faster than many had anticipated. The People’s Republic is using the ASF crisis offensively to restructure pig farming and to push ahead with the standardization of production. The proportion of free-range husbandry – which indirectly means backyard husbandry – should be reduced in general. In addition, the People’s Republic is promoting the construction of mega-plants: closed, integrated systems with high biosecurity standards.