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Power to strengthen welfare and resilience in organic pig production

{Project} POWER: Power to strengthen welfare and resilience in organic pig production. Runs 2018 - 2021. Project Leader(s): Kongsted, Anne Grete.

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Through a combined improvement of housing and management of pigs, animal welfare and health will be supported, while increasing the ecologic and economic competiveness of organic pig production in Europe.
The organic regulations promote livestock welfare. However, the organic pig production is facing challenges with regard to piglet mortality and health disorders after weaning. Housing systems with outdoor runs for growing pigs can be associated with poor hygiene, less possibilities to live out natural behaviour and risks of ammonia emissions. Free-range systems support the organic principles of natural living but are at risk for nutrient leaching.
Expected project results:
- New knowledge on genetic and environmental strategies to
reduce mortality in newborn piglets
- New knowledge in management strategies to improve piglet
health and growth before and after weaning
- New knowledge in design and management of housing systems
to offer growing pigs a ‘natural living’ whilst reducing the risk of emissions from outdoor areas
- Best practice examples in various combinations of housing and pasture systems related to animal welfare, feed efficiency, and nutrient management
- An assessment framework for system resilience in organic pig production concerning management and housing
- Practical guidelines to reduce piglet mortality and improve their ability to cope with stressful conditions before and after weaning
- Practical guidelines to reduce the environmental footprint of organic pig farms while improving the farm ability to respond to fluctuating economic and regulatory circumstances

EPrint Type:Project description
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > POWER
Start Date:2018
End Date:2021
Deposited By: Mukendi, Therese K
ID Code:34160
Deposited On:21 Dec 2018 15:14
Last Modified:20 Jun 2019 13:23
Document Language:English

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