Pork CRC Working To Drive Down
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork study has found that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are 38 per cent lower in eco-shelters and 88pc of the variability in production systems with common effluent management systems is related to herd feed conversion (HFC).
Managed by Stephen Wiedemann while with FSA Consulting, Pork CRC Project 4C- 117, ‘Environmental impacts and resource use from Australian pork production assessed using life-cycle assessment (LCA)’, is the first comprehensive study using LCA to benchmark greenhouse gas emissions from pork across the full production system.
The project included emissions from feed production, housing, manure management and meat processing and assessed 14 production units across different states and different production systems for at least 12 months.
Average emissions to the farmgate were 3.6 kg CO2-e / kg live weight pork and 6.36 +/- 1.03 kg CO2-e / kg wholesale (chilled bone-in) pork. The lowest modelled emissions were from a Queensland production farm using CAP-CHP systems (1.5 kg CO2-e /kg LW), which is similar to Queensland chicken meat production (1.3 kg CO2-e / kg LW).
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Alternative Lactation Housing Systems for Australian Pork Producers
Pork CRC and APL released the industry publication “Alternative Lactation Housing Systems for Australian Pork Producers” at PPPE 2016. It summarises research and experiences with four alternative systems, Combi-Flex pen, 360 farrower, SWAP pen and PIGSAFE pen, while also comparing them with the traditional farrowing crate, based on the sow (behaviour, physiology, body condition and reproduction), the piglet (behaviour, physiology, growth rate and mortality) and the producer (capital cost, labour requirement and OH&S issues). Click here for more
Pork CRC Enhancing Piglet Performance
Piglet Buddy is a formulation based on excellent research on piglet taste preferences conducted for Pork CRC by Dr Eugeni Roura, University of Queensland. It is a low inclusion product (1.5 kg/tonne) to enhance piglet performance immediately after weaning. Piglet Buddy is produced by BEC Feed Solutions. Click here for brochure