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

Code: 9781838796785
Barbara Früh, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland; and Mirjam Holinger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Chapter synopsis: 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.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0028.16
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Housing systems: challenges and solutions 3 The need for suitable organic feeding 4 Threats to pig health under organic housing conditions: causes and prevention 5 Organic breeding goals 6 Entire males: opportunity or threat? 7 Case study: potential alternatives or additions in pig feeding 8 International collaboration and dissemination to promote implementation of scientific results 9 Future trends and conclusion 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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