Agricon belongs to the internationally successful Big Dutchman group.
Agricon: an important partner as a global supplier of metal buildings with double panel for the agricultural industry.

Agricon is the Big Dutchman brand for turn–key solutions with professional metal buildings that include double panel for the global agricultural industry. The brand Agricon results from the takeover of Qingdao Betco by Big Dutchman, the world’s leading equipment supplier for modern pig and poultry production.

Qingdao Betco is one of the leading suppliers of steel structures for livestock, specializing in pig and poultry management worldwide. Qingdao Betco is particularly active in the Asia-Pacific region.


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Project Management

Assembly and installation of an AGRICON building shall be carried out by the customer. For new customers, AGRICON will provide a technical assistant to assist on-site guidance for a period of 14 to 21 working days. This period is based on AGRICON’S recommended crew size of at least 8 to 12 workers per building. The costs incurred for the technical advisor are typically included in the contract price (refer to contract price breakdown), except for those incurred for board and lodging.

Deciding The Best Insulation For Buildings

The history of fiberglass insulation dates back to ancient Egypt. In building insulation, blown in cellulose insulation is becoming increasingly popular. Traditional fiberglass insulation versus cellulose insulation is a big decision in new building construction and each has different benefits when it comes to home insulation.

So what’s the big difference between the 2 products? Below is some information about blown in cellulose insulation vs fiberglass insulation so you can make an informed decision.

The 6 topics

#1 How Insulation is Made

Blown in Cellulose Insulation

Blown in cellulose insulation is made mostly from shredded newspaper and mixed with a variety of chemicals (up to 25% by weight) to reduce its flammability.

Fibreglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation is made by jetting molten glass through tiny heated holes in a high-speed stream. The resulting fibers are drawn very thin and to great length. The fibers are then collected into a matte to produce fiberglass insulation.

#2 Blown in Cellulose vs Fiberglass Insulation in Performance

The R values between blown in cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation are the same but the thickness varies. On average, blown in cellulose insulation is 2-3 inches (5-7cm) thinner than fiberglass insulation when both have the same R values. Both blown in cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation perform well to insulate your home. However, regardless of which insulation you choose, the performance of the insulation varies greatly on the quality of workmanship. This is generally true more so for cellulose insulation than fiberglass insulation. In addition cellulose insulation can also insulate the entire cavity of the wall and flow around wall studs while fiberglass insulation may not cause corrosion but it cannot flow around wall studs as it has to be placed there. However, this is generally not done.

#3 Home Insulation and Fires

Blown in Cellulose Insulation

Blown in cellulose insulation is treated for fire retardant. If a fire occurs, the blown in cellulose insulation, combined with its fire retardants, can slow the fire from spreading and can create a “2-hour firewall”. Scientists at the National Research Council of Canada report that, blown in cellulose insulation increases fire resistance by 22%-55%. When Blown in Cellulose insulation does burn, it generally doesn’t emit toxic chemicals.

Fibreglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation is inert, ages well and is extremely difficult to ignite. However, once fiberglass insulation has been ignited, it may burn fast, hot and could emit toxic gases. Also, fiberglass insulation should be kept away from, light fixtures, chimneys or exhaust flu’s to reduce heat build-up and potential fire hazards.

#4 Insulation Installation

Blown in Cellulose Insulation

When Installing cellulose insulation you will need special cellulose insulation equipment such as a cellulose insulation blower. Blown in cellulose insulation easily flows around obstructions and penetrates odd shaped cavities and it easily conforms around wires, electrical boxes and pipes.

Fibreglass Insulation

Some fiberglass insulation facts on installation are: it has to be installed carefully, small fibers can cut your skin meaning you must wear protective equipment. Having to cut the fiberglass insulation to fit around wires, electrical boxes and pipes can be difficult and time
consuming. Fiberglass batts are currently the standard insulation attributed to savings in residential and commercial buildings throughout the U.S.

#5 Blown in Cellulose vs Fiberglass Insulation Air Infiltration

Blown in cellulose insulation is 2-3 times denser than fiberglass insulation. Studies comparing Blown in cellulose insulation Vs fiberglass insulation show that cellulose insulation was 38% tighter and required 26% less energy. A Princeton University study shows, a group of homes with blown in cellulose insulation in the walls had an average of 24.5% reduction of air infiltration compared to fiberglass insulation, with only the walls insulated. A similar study, the Leominster MA Housing Project for the Elderly found that, a building with blown in cellulose insulation compared to a building with R-13 fiberglass batt insulation in the walls and R-38 fiberglass batt insulation in the ceiling, had 40% lower leakage. However, when it comes to air infiltration, sheathing and drywall are better air barriers than any cavity insulation. Air infiltration barriers such as high-density polyethylene membranes are installed for this specific purpose.

#6 Insulation and Moisture

Blown in Cellulose Insulation

A Blown in cellulose insulation vapor barrier is a must. Due to its chemical content, cellulose insulation may be more moisture resistant than fiberglass insulation. However, blown in cellulose insulation is mixed with water and if it is not given a proper drying time before the wall cavity is sealed up, studies show that it could retain the moisture in the insulation for over a year. There are currently no clear and reliable drying guidelines for cellulose insulation.

Fibreglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation construction, allows water vapor to pass though its fibers. However, when water leaks through your wall with no drainage, fiberglass insulation may absorb the moisture and cause sags and gaps in the wall. These sags and gaps can allow heat in your house to escape. The end result would be, your r value is lower and your heating costs are higher.

In general, insulation loses its r value when wet. Just 4% moisture can lower thermal efficiency, in that area, by up to 70%. Cellulose insulation fibers are naturally “hygroscopic”. This means they are very effective at absorbing and retaining moisture. Moisture problems such as rot and mildew growth can occur when moisture remains above 20-25% for extended periods of time. It’s recommended that you use a vapor barrier with both blown in cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation applications.


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Pig Poultry

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About us

Company history

Agricon is the Big Dutchman brand for turn–key solutions with professional metal buildings that include double panel for the global agricultural industry. The brand Betco by Agricon results from the takeover of Qingdao Betco in February 2017 by Big Dutchman, the world’s leading equipment supplier for modern pig and poultry production. The independent, family-owned company based in Vechta, Germany, offers its products in more than 100 countries and achieved a turnover of approximately 900 million Euros in the past business year.

Qingdao Betco Asia Co., Ltd. (Qingdao Betco) is the livestock building business of the North Carolina-based steel structure specialist Betco, Inc. with over 30 years of experience. With about 60 employees globally, Qingdao Betco is one of the leading suppliers of steel structures for livestock, specializing in pig and poultry management worldwide, in particular in the Asia-Pacific region. Qingdao Betco was founded as the Asian branch of Betco, Inc. in Jiaozhou, China, in 2011 to develop, design, and install livestock buildings for the Asian market. Due to its fast growth and the establishment of production plants in China, Qingdao Betco now sells livestock buildings worldwide.

Betco, Inc. started in 1984 and now their Asia branch, Qingdao Betco is one of the largest building manufacturers in the world for poultry and pig. Development, design, and installation of steel structures is the main product, including steel structure storage houses and agricultural steel structures for poultry and pig housing. Qingdao Betco (Building, Engineering & Technology Company) has professional teams dedicated to providing a turnkey solution for poultry and pig buildings, engineering, building design, construction crews, and when desired, equipment installation. Qingdao Betco is the only producer of cellulose insulation in China that provides the best ceiling insulation solution for the agricultural building industry.

ISO Compliance

Certificate CN15/10583
The management system of
Qingdao BETCO Asia Co., Ltd.
Xiaobanyao Village, Jiaodong Street,
Jiaozhou City, Qingdao, Shandong Province, P.R. China
Organization Code 57979547-0
has been assessed and certified as meeting the requirements o
ISO 90001:2008
For the following activities
Manufacture of light steel structure building parts and cellulose insulation used for agricultural breeding industry
Further clarifications regarding the scope of this certificate and the applicability of ISO 9001:2008 requirements may be obtained by consulting the organisation
This certificate is valid from 19 October 2015 until 15 September 2018 and remains valid subject to satisfactory surveillance audits. Recertification audit due a minimum of 60 days before the expiration date Issue 1. Certfified since 19 October 2015

Betco ISO Compliance 9001-2008


Cobb Vantress Awards Achievements in Zimbabwe

Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods Presents Irvine’s Zimbabwe Awards

March 6, 2014 SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas, USA: Some of the major achievements of the Cobb-Vantress, Inc. distributor Irvine’s Zimbabwe in a successful 2013 were outlined by the chairman, David Irvine, at the company’s annual party in Harare in appreciation of the custom and support of various stakeholders.
Chief among these achievements were the construction of air and light tight rearing houses for broiler breeders, expansion of the commercial hatchery to one million chicks per week and the start of work to build a new 25 tonnes / hour feed mill expected to be complete by third quarter of 2014.

Irvine gave a warm welcome to Donnie Smith, chief executive officer of Tyson Foods, also James Young, Tyson group vice president of international, and Roy Mutimer, general manager of Cobb Europe.

He spoke of the close association with Abilio Antunes from Mozambique whose relationship with Irvine’s dates back to 1968 when he bought his first stock of Cobb parents. Abilio is now the largest chicken producer in Mozambique.

Irvine put emphasis on the value that Irvine’s Zimbabwe place on building successful Iongterm relationships with customers and suppliers, and referred to Irvine’s association with Cobb lasting 51 years.

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. is a poultry research and development company engaged in the production, improvement and sale of broiler breeding stock. Cobb is the world’s oldest pedigree broiler breeding company. Since 1916 Cobb has grown into one of the world’s leading suppliers of broiler breeding stock with distribution in 100 countries. Cobb has contributed to the dynamic efficiency and growth of an industry that has transformed chicken into an economically affordable healthy protein source for many of the world’s almost seven billion people.

Source: Cobb-Vantress Inc.

Cobb Vantress Awards Achievements in Zimbabwe

BETCO has been awarded “The Best Achievement” by Cargill in April 2015

Per Chris Langholz, CEO of Cargill China: “We had over 300 vendors to choose from and Betco was deemed to be in the Top 1 %. Most important to us is your alignment around our values of Integrity, Commitment to Serve (despite the challenges) and Continuous Improvement.”