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Description of organic pig production in Europe

Früh, Barbara; Bochicchio, Davide; Edwards, Sandra; Hegelund, Lene; Leeb, Christine; Sundrum, Albert; Werne, Steffen; Wiberg, Sophia and Prunier, Armelle (2013) Description of organic pig production in Europe. Organic Agriculture (Article published online: 17 November 2013), , - .

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Summary

With the aim to identify health and welfare strategies in organic pig production, a description of the different organic production systems was realized in eight European countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and UK). This description was based on the following features: numbers of organic farms and organic pigs, market shares, housing and management characteristics, feeding characteristics, main health problems and relevant differences to the EU regulation existing at the time of the project. The results were primarily based on statistics, country-specific regulations as well as on expert and stakeholder interviews. Organic farming and organic pig production are rapidly developing in European countries. The European country with the highest number of organic pigs is Germany. Organic pig production represents a minor part of the whole pig production in all surveyed countries. All features that were analysed varied greatly between countries with the most striking one being the housing of pigs that can be completely outdoors on pasture for most UK farms and always indoors with an access to an outdoor run, during part of their life, for most farms of German speaking countries.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Beratung und Bildung, Tierhaltung, ökologische Schweinehaltung, Organic, Pig, Housing, Management, Health
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
Austria > Univ. BOKU Wien > Sustainable Agr. Systems - IfÖL
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Advisory Service
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Animal Nutrition and Animal Health
France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Italy > CRA - National Council of Agricultural Research
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > Animal Environment and Health
UK > Univ. Newcastle
ISSN:1879-4238
DOI:10.1007/s13165-013-0056-9
Deposited By: Früh, Barbara
ID Code:25037
Deposited On:21 Jan 2014 21:23
Last Modified:21 Jan 2014 21:23
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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