Alongside making changes to the composition of the feed itself, improved efficiency of feed use on farm can make a major contribution to lowering on-farm emissions. Feed wastage losses identified on farm can be as high as 15%, depending on method of feed delivery and pig production system.4 In addition, precision feeding systems that match nutrient supply more closely to pigs’ requirements for optimum growth can result in substantial feed savings, although demand high initial capital investment.5
2 AHDB. An update on the roadmap for the English pig industry. January 2014).
3 BPEX RIA 6 Life Cycle Assessment, Katie Stephen, July 2011
4 (AHDB. Feed efficiency on-farm check. Knowledge transfer bulleting 9).
5 BPEX Innovation Conference, June 2015 http://pork.ahdb.org.uk/news/news-releases/2014/july/bpex-innovation-conference-highlights-the-benefits-of-precision-feeding/
Successfully reducing the GHG emissions from pig feed
AHDB Pork reports that between 2008 and 2012 the climate impact of pig feed has been reduced by 34% (from 4.45kg CO2e per kg pork produced to 2.92kg CO2e per kg pork produced). This is an example of a category wide improvement brought about through a collaborative platform. The main reasons cited were:
Increased inclusion rates of food and drink industry co-products (including former foodstuffs) in rations at levels above 40%,
Halving of soya use which is now down to less than 10% content in pig diets. This is driven predominantly by the high cost of soya,
Reduced protein content in feed as a result of applying feed technology and research outcomes and
Improved feed utilisation through better farm practice and management.
The benefits of supply chain engagement
Good relationships have been forged between stakeholders in the pig supply chain facilitated by the Co-operative Food’s pig producer group, established in 2013 in conjunction with Tulip. This project identified an enhanced role for this group by providing the basis through which best practice can be transferred in terms of minimising the environmental impact of feed whilst saving cost. Other benefits included monitoring changes in carbon/energy use on farms, providing an opportunity for this particular supply chain to make additional progress in lowering environmental impact and saving costs. There is much potential to apply learnings from this project across the pork supply chain and into other supply chains.
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