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Pasture systems for pigs

Code: 9781838795191
Silvana Pietrosemoli and James T. Green, North Carolina State University, USA

Chapter synopsis: The inclusion of pastures in outdoor pig systems contributes significantly to improving the sustainability of these farming systems. This chapter examines the characteristics of pasture pig systems, including forages and pasture management as well the effects of pasture on meat quality. The chapter also provides a detailed case study of the pasture pig system developed at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in the United States. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research in the field of sustainable pasture pig systems and provides guidance on further reading in this area.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0013.21
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Characteristics of pasture pig systems 3 Pasture pig systems and the environment 4 Forages for pasture pig systems 5 Animal performance in pasture pig systems 6 Carcass and meat quality of pig on pasture 7 Pasture management 8 Case study: pasture pig system developed at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) 9 Conclusion 10 Future trends 11 Where to look for further information 12 Acknowledgements 13 References

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