A 26-story pig skyscraper in China will slaughter 1 million animals a year, report says

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China's skyscraper pig farm aims to meet the country's growing demand for pork, reports The Guardian.
The huge 26-storey building can accommodate up to 600,000 animals.
Some experts have expressed concern about possible outbreaks of disease at the facility.
Chinese company Hubei Zhongxin Kaiwei Modern Farming has built a 26-story skyscraper capable of slaughtering 1.2 million pigs a year. The Guardian reported the new tower in China is the largest "single-building pig farm in the world".
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Located on the southern outskirts of Ezhou, it aims to meet the country's growing demand for pork. Currently, more than half of the world's pork is consumed in China, The Guardian previously reported.
Statements on the company's WeChat account, analyzed by The Guardian, show that the farm-in-the-sky will house more than 600,000 animals. This will cost 4 billion yuan, or about $557 million.
The Guardian reported that the 2.6 million square foot farm features advanced technology. In a central control room, the animals are fed automatically via buttons and the pigs' droppings are used to generate heat and electricity.
Hubei Zhongxin Kaiwei Modern Farming, the company behind the development, has already sent 3,700 sows to the farm, The Guardian reported.
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A farmer who lived near the skyscraper shared his thoughts with the outlet: "It's unfathomable. About 30 years ago, when I was raising pigs, we only had two or three in our backyard pigpen.”
“I've heard that pigs raised on these farms can be ready for sale in a couple of months and it used to take us about a year to raise one. But I think as technology advances, this will be the trend of the future," he continued.
In terms of disease control, the company's WeChat statements also detailed that workers will undergo high levels of testing and disinfection, and may have to stay on site for a week at a time, according to The Guardian's report.
Professor Zhu Zengyong from the Institute of Animal Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences told The Guardian: "The pig farming industry is heading towards a highly automated and intelligent future, and the standards and thresholds for pig farmers will become higher as a result."
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However, some experts shared their concerns, particularly regarding disease outbreaks.
"Intensive facilities can reduce interactions between domesticated and wild animals and their diseases, but when a disease gets inside, they can erupt like wildfire between animals," Matthew Hayek, an assistant professor of environmental studies at New York University, told The Guardian.
Dirk Pfeiffer, Chair Professor at One Health at City University of Hong Kong, added: "The higher animal density, the higher risk of spread and multiplication of infectious pathogens, as well as the potential for mutation."
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