Touch the Soil News #1011 (Feature photo – Piglet – CCA SA 3.0 Unported)
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently posted a story on the emerging trend in China towards high-rise buildings for raising hogs.
The latest are a series of 13-story high rises where each floor is isolated and has its own ventilation to limit the risks of diseases that could spread throughout an entire building. Owned and operated by Guangxi Yangxian Co. Ltd. Plans are to house 30,000 sows (mother pigs) that will be capable of producing 840,000 piglets annually. This will make the facility the largest most-intensive breeding facility in the world.
With extensive ventilation systems, systems to pipe feed onto each floor and then systems to rid of the waste, the costs are high as well as the risks for this new type of concentrated animal feeding technology.
In the clips below you will notice that all the piglets look the same – a sign of how diversity has been exiting the food chain with potentially unknown consequences for pig and human health.
You can read the full story here: