Icrofs: Discussion about pig welfare with Dan...

Discussion about pig welfare with Danish organic projects


DENMARK, Tjele. The Danish Organic RDD projects, Vipiglets, pecosystem and Maffra, presented results to and discussed recommendations with an international audience. Furthermore, international researchers where invited as guest speakers to share knowledge on research abroad.

The participants got the latest knowledge on how to reduce piglet mortality, improve health and welfare for weaning piglets and growing-finishing pigs, at the same time reducing the environmental impact. Knowledge gaps and research needs where also identified during the day.

A range stakeholders such as researchers, advisers, veterinarians, teachers and agricultural organisations participated in the event at Dronninglund Slot in the northern part of Jutland, Denmark. 

The main purpose of the seminar was to discuss current knowledge and identify future research needs in organic pig production. Based on discussions of the day, a synopsis, identifying and prioritizing research needs, will be distributed to the EU-funding bodies.

The overall programme of the day included presentations of:

  • Early piglet mortality in organic sow herds
  • Improved health and welfare of weaning piglets
  • Improved pen hygiene and welfare for growing-finishing pigs
  • Improved animal welfare without increasing the environmental footprints
  • Future research needs 

Source: Icrofs