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Case studies on innovative combined indoor/outdoor organic pig systems

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  • Anna Jenni, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Schweiz
  • Mirjam Holinger, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Schweiz
  • Barbara Früh, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Schweiz
  • Rennie Eppenstein, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL, Department of Livestock Sciences, Frick, Schweiz
  • Davide Bochicchio, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA), Rome, Italy, Italien
  • Anne Grete Kongsted
  • Rikke Thomsen, Center for Frilandsdyr K/S (Tidl. Udviklingscenter for husdyr på friland)
In many European countries, organic pigs are housed indoors with a concrete outdoor run.
However, previous results have shown that combined systems with indoor housing and access
to pasture have some advantages concerning animal welfare and environmental impact compared
to sole indoor systems. These combined systems vary considerably across countries.
Some farmers have only specific age categories on pasture, some provide limited access and
others developed new approaches to management or infrastructure.
The goal of this study, which is part of the CORE Organic Cofund POWER project, was to
analyse specific innovations in combined systems for weaners, fatteners and sows in Denmark,
Italy and Switzerland. For example, the selected innovations comprise a self-constructed
mobile pen on a trailer, which is large enough to keep the pigs on the trailer if the weather does
not allow them to use the pasture. Another example was a mobile pen that can be moved,
including the attached fences. Moreover, farms with innovative management practices were
included, like the alternating use of grassland, cropland and forest.
The selected farms have been visited four times between summer 2019 and autumn 2020.
Trained observers assessed individual animal health and welfare status according to a common
protocol. Indicators were, for example, species-specific behaviour, lesions, lameness or
body condition score. Farmers provided extensive data regarding farm management, feed production,
housing etc., to analyse the different systems and identify their strength and weaknesses.
The farmers' experiences, the collected data and analysis of the different innovative
systems were summarised in factsheets to use this knowledge for advising other farms. These
factsheets can help to diversify and improve such combined systems.
TitelOrganic Animal Husbandry systems – Ways to improvement : Proceedings of the IAHA Pre-Conference on Organic Animal Husbandry
RedaktørerOtto Schmid, Marion Johnson, Mette Vaarst, Barbara Früh
Antal sider3
Udgivelsesårsep. 2021
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2021
BegivenhedPre-Conference on Animal Husbandry linked to the 20th Organic World Congress in Rennes Organized by IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance France - Rennes, - France , Rennes, Frankrig
Varighed: 8 sep. 202110 sep. 2021


KonferencePre-Conference on Animal Husbandry linked to the 20th Organic World Congress in Rennes Organized by IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance France - Rennes,
Lokation France

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