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Nedap Concludes Contract with Chinese Processor

by 5m Editor
16 May 2011, at 10:08am

CHINA - On 12 May, Nedap Agri concluded a contract with one of the top three largest pork processing companies in China, Yurun.

Yurun has expressed its intention of using Nedap Velos ESF on 60 of its sow farms, all of which still have to be built. Each farm will house 2,400 sows.

A total of around 150,000 sows raised by the Chinese company will be fed individually by Nedap Velos ESF. The contract includes the delivery of the first ESF to Yurun and was signed in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen, who was in China on a trade mission.

Established in 1993, Yurun group is originally a pork processing company and has two public listed companies. Yurun Food is one of its subsidiaries, which is listed in Hong Kong. With a turnover of 21.473 billion Hong Kong dollars (HK$; approximately €2.26 billion), profits totalling HK$3.098 billion (€326 million) and a slaughtering capacity of 28.6 million finishers in 2010, the company is one of the major players on the Chinese market.

In order to continue to meet the rising demand for pork in China, whereby quality and food safety is safeguarded, the organisation decided to integrate the entire production chain under its own management.

For their sow farms, Yurun has opted for a group housing system using pig feeding stations. Nedap Agri will be supplying the ESF devices and will supervise Yurun to ensure successful implementation of the group housing. This cooperation with Yurun – and as a consequence, the acceptance of ESF by one of the major players in China – signifies an important breakthrough for Nedap Agri in the Chinese agricultural market.