The fast expansion of pig production is a key concern of the Chinese government as the demand for pork keeps rising, according to reports.

This has resulted in market prices increasing to €1.65 (US$2.34) per kilogram live weight, making Chinese pig producers profitable in spite of the high cost of raw materials. In addition, the country's pig industry is looking to Europe for knowledge and new genetic lines to make rapid breed improvement, providing new opportunities for European genetic companies to increase export volumes to China. One such company, Rattlerow Seghers, recently exported breeding pigs to Beijing to expand the breeding pyramid in a country that has 60 million sows, according to company spokesman Stefan Derks.