Making the Most of the Bounty of Nature
The sources of the Group’s business are the gifts of the earth and its expansive natural environment as well as the vast bounty of nature. It is for this reason that we make full use of the bounty of nature without waste and protect the bounty and abundance of nature and good environments.
Carefully Using the Bounty of Nature Without Waste
The Group has created a vertically integrated system from raising and producing livestock to marketing, for cattle, hogs, and chickens. Through this system, we provide safe and secure products to customers and are able to make full use without waste of the various resources generated during meat processing (such as bones and hides).
Bones are boiled to make ingredients for soup and condiments, and hides are used as a material for bags. In addition, collagen is extracted for use as an ingredient in health foods.
Research and Development Useful to Healthy Lifestyles from Abundant Bio-Resources
The NH Foods Ltd. Research & Development Center uses the Group’s abundant bio-resources to conduct research and development that is useful for healthy lifestyles.
We obtain collagen, placenta extract, chondroitin, and other materials from hog and chicken cartilage, hog placentas, and other organs, which in the past were not adequately utilized, scientifically evaluate them for safety, effectiveness, and so on, and commercialize them.
Effective Use of Livestock Manure as Fertilizer and Fuel
The Group also uses the manure generated from raising cattle, hogs, chickens, and other livestock as a bounty of nature, processing it into fertilizer, fuel, and other materials for effective use.
Chicken manure is incinerated in a boiler for use as a heat source to produce hot water for heating and cleaning poultry houses. In addition, hog manure is organically decomposed using bacteria to produce organic fertilizer. This fertilizer has exhibited effects on cultivation of vegetables, flowers, and other crops and is recognized as a high-quality fertilizer. We have also started cultivation of feed crops using this fertilizer.
Use of Manure as Fuel
Purified liquid is created through a combination of anaerobic and aerobic fermentation. This liquid compost has fertilizing effects as well as microbial activation and deodorizing effects.
Ferments manure and separates it into methane gas and organic matter
Eliminates the sulfur compounds contained in the gas generated by the digester
The methane gas generated by the digester is used as fuel in a boiler
Creating Fertilizer from Manure
After separation of solids and liquids, the solid components undergo forced aeration (turning) using a tire shovel to incorporate air, followed by several days of aerobic fermentation.
Natural drying in the sun
Crop Cultivation Using Fertilizer
The organic fertilizer produced at the Fertilizer Center is used by farmers via regional business partners. The fertilizer makes cultivated vegetables highly disease resistant, can withstand the use of agricultural chemicals, and even has effects restoring soil depleted by chemical fertilizers and so on to a fertile condition.
A corn field
A pumpkin field