Animal welfare and health issues in the early pig’s life and nutrient emissions from outdoor areas are major challenges for a further development of a trustworthy and cost-efficient organic pig production.
Through a combined improvement of housing and management of pigs, the project will support animal welfare and health while increasing the ecologic and economic competiveness of organic pig production.
With increased knowledge, the project will produce practical guidelines to improve the animal welfare and health while reducing nutrient losses from outdoor areas.
The project includes experimental activities and best practice identification in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.
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.
The project will:
POWER supports development of the organic sector across Europe by improving the trustworthiness and economic competiveness of organic pig production. This will contribute to a significant value increment in the European pig sector.
The project addresses four main areas of societal concern: The welfare of farm animals, use of antibiotics, cost effectiveness, and environmental footprints.
The project reaches organic pig producers and their advisors through stakeholder workshops in the beginning and at the end of the project and through various medial channels. Practical guidelines will be offered in a number of languages.