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Organic pig farming: key characteristics, opportunities, advantages and challanges

Früh, Barbara and Holinger, Mirjam (2019) Organic pig farming: key characteristics, opportunities, advantages and challanges. In: Vaarst, Mette and Roderick, Stephen (Eds.) Improving organic animal farming. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK, chapter 14, pp. 1-20.

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Summary

Organic pig production strives to provide housing and management conditions that guarantee a high level of animal health and welfare, sustainability, a closed soil–plant–animal cycle and produce high-quality products. This chapter discusses how housing of organic pigs affects welfare and the environment, and outlines how organic production systems are desperately in need of alternatives to feedstuffs that are in direct competition with human nutrition. The chapter examines why certain breeding goals should be adapted to organic conditions, and which health problems are typical for organic housing systems. Finally, the chapter shows how waiving of castration could be a challenge but also a chance for organic pig production and looks ahead to future research trends in this area.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:pigs, housing systems, organic feeding, organic breeding
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: Switzerland > ETHZ - Agrarwissenschaften
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Advisory Service
ISBN:978-1-78676-180-4
Deposited By: Früh, Barbara
ID Code:36384
Deposited On:26 Aug 2019 10:45
Last Modified:26 Aug 2019 10:45
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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