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Sustainable pig production systems

Challenge - Despite pig farmers’ needs for recommendations on how to optimise the balance between apparently conflicting pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, society), there is very little on-farm data to support informed holistic decisions.

Objectives - This project aims at collecting, summarising and disseminating evidence-based information on successful strategies for improving sustainability in various pig production systems across the EU.

Expected results - Project outcomes include an integrative on-farm assessment and feedback tool to help pig farmers to improve their economic, environmental and societal sustainability, as well as their job satisfaction. This toolbox will be linked with an existing international pig production database, and include information on possible trade-offs between the three pillars of sustainability. It will be integrated in a software to form a farmer decision support tool with farm-individual feedback. In addition, descriptions of best practices will be published in various formats to help farmers learn from each other across borders.

Potential Impact - The project will be the first holistic approach of sustainability using actual transnational on-farm data. The results have the potential to increase the competitiveness of the EU pig production by making a more convincing benchmarking of sustainability possible.

Coordinated by: Dr. Sabine Dippel - Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (GERMANY) - Contact

7 research partners:

  • AUSTRIA: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
  • GERMANY: FiBL Deutschland e.V.
  • FINLAND: University of Helsinki
  • ITALY: Fondazione CRPA Studi e Ricerche
  • THE NETHERLANDS: Wageningen University of Life Sciences
  • POLAND: Warsaw University of Life Sciences
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Newcastle University

More information

This project has been funded by BMEL, BMLFUW, MMM, MIPAAF, NWO, NCBR and DEFRA as a part of the ERA-Net Cofund SusAn (grantnr 696231) through a virtual common pot model with EU top-up.