the POWER Project ask organic pig producers in eight european countries about innovations they like to test with the aim to improve animal welfare and reduce nitrogen losses (ammonia) and environmental impact from outdoor areas used by the pigs.
The project includes experimental activities and best practice identification in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland:
Investigate the effects of farrowing pen design, sow genetics and management strategies on newborn piglet mortality and piglet health before and after weaning
Investigate the effect of different designs of outdoor runs on growing-finishing pig behaviour, health as well as pen hygiene and ammonia emission
Identify and field-test best practice examples of combined housing and pasture systems considering productivity, feed efficiency, animal health, and nutrient management
Develop a framework for assessing system resilience in organic pig production
Evaluate the overall effect of the identified innovative housing designs and management strategies on cost effectiveness, system resilience and ecological footprints
Provide guidelines for organic pig producers across Europé.
WP4-leader and project participant
15 milj. SEK
Austria, BOKU, Denmark, AU-AGRO, Denmark, UHF, France, INRA, Germany, TI-OL, Italy, CREA-ZA, The Netherlands, WUR, Switzerland, FiBL