Factors to consider
Feed formulation and storage
In determining the appropriate diet for the pigs, a producer needs to compromise between cost, availability of feed, and nutrient requirements. To improve the environmental performance by reducing the nutrient output in the effluent - reducing the effects of odour and land degradation - there are a number of issues that need to be considered:
- Matching feed requirements to pig age, health, genotype and sex.
- Climatic factors (e.g. hot and/or cold extremes)
- Using feeding systems that promote efficient feed usage while reducing feed spoilage and/or wastage.
- Appropriate storage of feed.
- Maintenance of feed delivery systems and feed troughs.
- Using feed additives to improve nutrient digestibility.
A competent nutritionist should be consulted to develop the formulation of the diets that will be required. Please also refer to the Animal Welfare (Pigs) Code of Welfare , for minimum standards concerning feed requirements.
Do you use feed additives to reduce odour effects?
Do you ensure that the storage of feed does not result in effects such as dust, spoilage, leaking, or odour?