Water foot-printing & water use reduction of Irish pig production
- Water scarcity is increasing globally and pig production is highly dependent on freshwater resources
- Consumers are looking for environmentally sustainable products. Optimizing water use on pig farms will help in making production systems sustainable and improve marketability of export industry
- Additionally studying the role of factors (e.g. cleaning procedures, group size, stocking density, behavior, environmental enrichment) that can reduce water wastage will help optimise farm efficiencies
- Quantify the green and blue water uses from cradle to farm-gate on Irish pig farms, and, explore the effect of differences in farm infrastructure and management.
- Study the effect of feeding strategies to reduce the freshwater use of Irish pig farms, while accounting for food-feed competition.
- Evaluate the effect of cleaning procedures on blue water usage and water wastage for weaner stage on a pig farm.
- Evaluate the effect of group size and environmental enrichment on blue water usage and water wastage through drinkers for grower finisher pigs on a pig farm.
- Improved knowledge of water usage and wastage on Irish pig farms
- Creation of a water footprint model for Irish pig production to help monitor water use
- Improved water management practices will mean better financial and environmental performance
- Deliver best practice recommendations for water consumption reduction at the farm and system levels
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