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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.
Giving fattening pigs access to roughages such as grass silage is a cheap and effective way to improve pig health. Roughages also help to satisfy the…
The technical booklet "Feeding pigs in organic farming" is intended for farmers and advisors. It is based on the results of four research projects and…
|Title||Issuing organisation||Year of release||Rating|
|Feeding grass silage to fattening pigs||Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)||2019||4 (2)|
|Feeding pigs in organic farming||French Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB , Le réseau de l’initiative Bio en Bretagne IBB , Chambre d’agriculture Pays de la Loire , Institut du porc IFIP||2014|
|Feeding pigs: effect of silage||Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL||2019||5 (2)|
|Foraging sows on high-protein grassland||French Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB||2018|
|Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farming||SEGES||2018|
|Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmers||Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)||2015|
|Maize and beans – Organic roughage with benefits?||Thünen-Institut||2016|
|Rotating pasture for pregnant sows||Institut de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation...||2019|
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