Chinese Pig Producer Expands Use of Performance Testing

Guangdong Huanong Wens announced the installation of 168 Osborne FIRE® Feeders to advance its genetics and pig breeding selection program. This Feed Intake Recording Equipment (FIRE) System will be used to test the performance of Guangdong Huanong Wens breeding pigs.

Guangdong Huanong Wens was organized in 1997 as the pig production division of the Guangdong Wens Group. Located in Guangdong Province, Guangdong Huanong Wens is currently one of the largest pig producing company in China. About 220,000 sows are currently in production on a number of farms in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Jiangsu, Hubei, Anhui, Fuijan and Sichuan provinces. The Guangdong Wens group is involved in broil- er, hog, dairy cow farming, aquaculture production, food processing and animal health products. The Wens group also has a pig processing plant which processes about 1 million pigs per year.

The FIRE System automates the measurement and collection of individual animal feed intake and growth performance. Each individual pig is tagged with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag and the tag is read by an antenna located in the FIRE Feeder, and feed intake and animal weight are recorded.

For more information on the FIRE System and Osborne Industries, Inc., visit osbornelivestockequipment.com or e-mail info@osborne-ind.com.