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Evaluation of a Treatment Method to Control Hydrogen Sulphide Emission from Swine Manure
By B. Predicala, L. Moreno and M. Nemati and published in 2008 Annual Report from Prairie Swine Centre....
Key to Low Carbon Emission Pig Meat Production
A healthy diet and reduced consumption would reduce carbon emissions, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris....
Using Pigs to Grow Tomatoes with Biogas
An innovative eco-friendly pig farm of the future is the dream of a Danish pig farmer, Soren Hansen and the concept of a PhD architecture student, Nee Rentz Petersen, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris....
Proper Disposal of Dead Animals on Michigan Farms
The Bodies of Dead Animals Act (BODA) is important for many reasons, not least to protect human as well as animal health, according to Dale W. Rozeboom from Michigan State University's Department of Animal Science. ...
Environmental Impact of Improvements in Genetics and Nutrition over 25 Years
The environmental impact of improvements in genetics and feeding programmes for pigs over 25 years has been studied at North Carolina State University (NCSU), reported by Eric van Heugten and published in the University's Swine News....
Loose Housing for Farrowing and Lactating Sows
Danish pig production could be moving towards loose housing in the farrowing unit, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris....
Danish Industry Faces Tough Environmental Measures
The Danish pig and farming sector is finding itself controlled by more and more regulations and directives to govern the environment, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris....
Climate Change and Pig Production
Climate change presents new challenges and opportunities for pig farmers. They need to consider the productivity impacts of climate change on businesses and the welfare issues of animals, according to this report from UK-based Farming Futures in its...
Soluble Non-Starch Polysaccharides Decrease Nutrient Digestibility and Ammonia Emission While Increasing Manure Odour
The use of soluble non-starch polysaccharide (NSP; guar gum) reduced ammonia emission in aged manure but decreased nutrient digestibility and increased odour emissions, thus limiting its environmental benefits. These are the conclusions from Eric van...
Learning Pig Health and Welfare Virtually
Learning what can go wrong on a pig farm and how to cope with outbreaks of sickness is an essential part of production management, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris....
Support for On-farm Renewable Energy Schemes
The US has set some tough targets for renewable fuels and energy over the coming years, writes ThePigSite senior editor, Chris Harris....
Survival of Manure Pathogens in Swine Manure
Ann Huber, environmental microbiologist with the Soil Resource Group in Guelph reported her study into numbers of E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter in pig manure during storage at the 28th Centralia Swine Research Update. Her data enables predictions...
Developments on the Enviropig File
C.W. Forsberg and colleagues in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph report on progress breeding pigs that secrete the enzyme, phytase, in their saliva and thus require supplements of neither inorganic phosphorus...
Changes in Manure Management in the Hog Sector: 1998-2004
Over the study period, the number of US pig farms fell by about 40 per cent, and the average inventory grew from around 2,600 to 4,600 head per farm. Data from survey indicate that larger producers are altering their manure management practices to mitigate...
Nitrogen Availability from Liquid Swine and Dairy Manure
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have compared predictions for nitrogen availability from dairy and pig manure in soils with practical results. They found generally good agreement but the variable with the greatest effect was the method of manure...
The Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations - UK
The full title of the document is The control of pollution (silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil) regulations 1991 and as amended 1997: Guidance Notes for Farmers. It was published in the current amended form by the Welsh office of DEFRA in 1997....
Developments in Biofuels; Implications for Livestock Production
As the manufacture of biofuels grows, questions are being asked as to whether such a strategy can be supported without putting unacceptable pressure on the food supply chain, according to John Pinkeye of Ensus Biofuels, speaking at the 42nd University...
Worrying Trends and New Developments at Agromek
As Christmas approaches, the shops in Denmark are brightly lit, with windows full of traditional red and green decorations, writes Stuart Lumb. Despite the Christmas festivities, sales are sluggish. Shop keepers are gloomy and so are Danish farmers, which...
Greenhouse Gases and Environmental Impacts of the Livestock Industry
The livestock sector is not only contributing to global warming, it is suffering from it as well, writes Chris Harris, Senior Editor, for ThePigSite....
The Effects of Climate Change on Livestock Production
J.L. Hatfield of USDA's Agricultural Service (ARS) explains the influences of climate on livestock....
Nutrition and the Environmental Impact of Outdoor Pigs
By Professor Sandra Edwards, Newcastle University, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. The growth of outdoor pig production in the UK has been driven by economic, marketing and agronomic advantages - and it has brought recognised niche...
Food Miles: Cutting the distance won't save the planet
By Jane Jordan, ThePigSite Editor - Food miles are not the environmental 'bad boy' marketeers may have us believe. Other factors involved in the production chain have a far greater impact on the environment and it's these areas that farming industries...
Biodigesters resuscitated: trading waste for money
By Rogério G.T. da Cunha and Laura V.C. da Costa - Treating pig waste with biodigesters can not only be a solution to environmental problems, but also a source of net income. ...
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