Our Pork segment sells live pigs to meat processing plants and companies, which makes veterinary safety key for our success. We pay close attention to every detail – from the predominant wind direction at the facility's location to vehicle disinfection at the entry point. Access to animals is restricted, and employees must shower upon entry and exit from the facility and change into disinfected protective clothing. They are also prohibited to bring food to the pig farms and own livestock.
In 2015–2017, the majority of market hogs were sold to the Meat Processing division to produce finished products.
Our mid-term vision for the pork business is to boost performance by using cutting-edge production facilities and putting in place one of world’s best finisher nutrition programmes. We strive to make pork production as cost efficient as possible to strengthen our competitive position in the global market and go ahead with the export expansion plan.
Cherkizovo Group is Russia’s second largest pork producer. Built in Central Russia from scratch, the Group’s pork segment today has 16 farms growing almost 2 million pigs a year.
In 2017, the Group boosted its output by 15% to a record 211,750 tonnes, among other things, by running the programme to improve parent stock genetics and animal health, and launching a sow farm for 12,000 sows in the Lipetsk region along with new nursery and finisher sites in the Lipetsk, Voronezh, and Penza regions. Each is designed to house 20,000 pigs at a time, with an annualised output of some 42,000 market hogs, or 5,400 tonnes of pork.
From the very beginning, our farms were built to comply with the latest operational efficiency and veterinary standards. According to independent experts, Cherkizovo Group's sites can rival and, in many ways, even outperform the most advanced ones globally.
Animal nutrition has an immense influence on the quality of our products. We impose stringent requirements on the feed produced internally and ingredients sourced from third-party suppliers. In 2012, Cherkizovo Group acquired a breeding unit in the Voronezh region to ensure high-quality livestock reproduction. Today, the facility is breeding purebred Yorkshire, Landrace, and Large White pigs.