The 4 R’s of Sustainable Pig Farming

1. Raising healthy pigs. Raising healthy and well cared for pigs is the farmer’s number one priority.  Carefully monitoring pig health and well-being and protecting pigs from disease, predators and harsh weather helps ensure a healthy and well cared for pig.

Raising healthy and well cared for pigs is the farmer’s number one priority.

 

2. Reducing waste. Pig farmers protect natural resources by feeding pigs the correct amount of food. One strategy they use is to provide proper nutrition based on the age of the animals. Calculating the correct amount of food for the pigs, results in a reduced carbon footprint. Ensuring pigs receive the water they need through modern watering systems reduces water waste as well.

Pig farmers protect natural resources by feeding pigs the correct amount of food.

 

3. Recycling Manure. For decades, real pig farmers have recycled pig manure from their farms to improve the crops they grow to feed pigs.  Manure is an excellent crop fertilizer.  It not only provides the nutrients plants need to grow, but it also is better for the environment than artificial fertilizers because it returns moisture to the soil.

For decades, real pig farmers have recycled pig manure from their farms to improve the crops they grow to feed pigs.

 

4. Respecting their communities. Sustainable pig farmers take many measures to keep odors or dust generated on the farm from impacting neighboring homes and communities. One of these good housekeeping measures is planting trees and shrubs to serve as windbreaks around the barns.

Sustainable pig farmers take many measures to keep odors or dust generated on the farm from impacting neighboring homes and communities.