Communication key to intensive farming acceptance

Communication key to intensive farming acceptance

Take-home message: Better communication is vital to public acceptance of more intensive farming systems

Pig performance not affected by higher stocking rates

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Pig performance not affected by higher stocking rates

Housing pigs at maximum stocking rates has no impact on their welfare or performance, scientists have discovered.

Previous research suggested that higher stocking rates had negative impacts on the growth rates of indoor herds.

But researchers have discovered that increasing the number of pigs in a pen does not negatively impact animals, and that increasing stocking rates would enable farms to become more profitable.

Over-processed feeds can reduce pig herd efficiency

Over-processed feeds can reduce pig herd efficiency


Take-home message: Over-processed feed materials can reduce the efficiency of pig herds if their nutrient values aren’t properly calculated and accounted for.

Rapeseed meal could replace soya meal in finisher pig diets

Rapeseed meal could replace soya meal in finisher pig diets

Take-home messages

  • Rapeseed meal could entirely replace soya bean meal in finisher pig diets
  • Proportions of rapeseed meal in a diet could be lifted to 25% without it impacting on an animal’s performance
  • Could be an opportunity for feed suppliers to revise formulations and reduce dependence on imported soya

Rapeseed meal could replace soya bean meal as a cheaper and more sustainable alternative source of protein in finisher pig diets.