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Conference paper, 2011

Environmental impact assessment of pig production systems in Europe

Strid, Ingrid; Röös, Elin


The purpose of this review study was to get an overview of the environmental impact of European pig production, to identify major hot-spots of the systems and to discuss available mitigation options. The data in the overview part of the study originates from ten European life cycle assessment (LCA) studies on pig production, with a total of 17 scenarios. To make the studies comparable, the results for the different impact categories were recalculated to the same units and the functional unit was harmonized to 1 kg of bone-free meat. The results illustrates that the overall feed efficiency is important to keep envi-ronmental impacts low. To achieve this, high feed conversion ratio, making the “in vivo” feed losses small (healthy animals, phase feeding, efficient breeds, etc.) and low losses of feed in the pre-feeding phase from high standards in the post-harvest chain (drying/storage/packaging/distribution/etc.) are important

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Ktbl Schrift
2011, volume: 491, pages: 76-87
Book title: Emissionen der Tierhaltung : Treibhausgase, Umweltbewertung, Stand der Technik : KTBL-Tagung 6.-8. Dezember 2011 Kloster Banz, Bad Staffelstein
ISBN: 978-3-941583-59-7
Publisher: Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Lantwirtschaft e.V. (KTBL)


Emissionen der Tierhaltung. Treibhausgase, Umweltbewertung, Stand det Technik

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Agricultural Science
Animal and Dairy Science
Veterinary Science

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