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China supersizes pig farms to cut costs in world's top pork market

Pigs on a family farm in Xiaoxinzhuang village, Hebei province. The shuttering of backyard farms, too small to bear the cost of meeting new pollution standards, is opening up room for mega farms using new methods and imported genetics to boost productivity and cut costs.

Wuxuan County, China

SURROUNDED by mountains in a remote part of south-western China, Xinguangan's first large-scale, modern pig farm is getting ready to produce its first offspring.

By the end of the year, 10,000 sows will live inside two huge barns on this 73-hectare site,...

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