Themes and discussion

Find out more about organic arable farming and organic livestock husbandry, join the discussions, and exchange ideas and information with colleagues and scientists.

> Pigs

> Pigs

Organic pig production systems vary greatly in Europe. In some countries, pigs are managed in free-range systems on pasture, while in other countries, pigs are mainly housed in indoor systems with concrete outdoor runs. As a result, management challenges are also different.

One of the major challenges organic pig producers face is producing pig meat of high quality at a moderate price while at the same time not losing sight of high animal health and welfare standards. Animal-friendly and efficient pig production requires the consistent use of all preventive measures in husbandry, hygiene, feeding and management to prevent the development of major diseases, injuries and stress. Other challenges for producers are that the EU regulation for organic farming requires that feed comes from the farm itself or from the same region and that the feed be varied in order to meet the demand for energy and protein at each stage of production.


Fulfilling 100% organic pig diets: Feeding roughage and foraging from the rangeLatest tool

Fulfilling 100% organic pig diets: Feeding roughage and foraging from the range

The tool shows the benefits of roughage feeding and foraging for pigs and then looks at some of the possible options for farmers. The feed available…

More


Tools

TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
Acorns for fattening free-range pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Ecovalia - Asociación Valor Ecológico , Universidad de CórdobaOK-Net EcoFeed20204.5 (2)
Blue mussels as feedstuff (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Cultivation of soybeansRegierungspräsidium FreiburgOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Feed for organic pigsGård och djurhälsanOK-Net EcoFeed2009
Feeding grass silage to fattening pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed20194.3 (3)
Feeding of pigs: effect of silage (OK-Net Ecofeed Video)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed20193.8 (3)
Foraging of pigs in outdoor areas (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Fulfilling 100% organic pig diets: Feeding roughage and foraging from the rangeORC - Organic Research Centre, Elm FarmOK-Net EcoFeed20155 (1)
Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farmingSEGESOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmersFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture2015
Introducing maize, bean and courgettes into the diet of foraging pigs (OK-Net...ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Organic pig feeding. Feed, rationsLfL - Bavarian State Research Center for...OK-Net EcoFeed2020
Recommendations for using soya-based feedstuffs in pig husbandry (OK-Net Ecofeed...Donau SojaOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Relevance of roughage feeding to pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Rotating pasture for pregnant sows (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Seaweed as feed supplement (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Single-phase feeding and compensatory growth in growing and finishing pigs...SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Starfish as feedstuff (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020


Discussion forum

Here you can discuss your problems and solutions for this theme