B1 - Water and food management

Technical action B1

 Minimization of nitrogen and other elements (P/Cu/Zn) at pig production farms. Water and feeding management.

The reduction of the volume of livestock manure at source, that is to say, within the same farm, is a very important point to consider when you want to improve the management and minimize the cost associated with it. This means less amount of manure effluent (slurries) to carry and apply in agrarian soils.

This reduction can be achieved in two ways:

  • A proper water management to prevent pits are filling up with water coming from the troughs, by using optimized troughs. For this reason, one of the objectives of this action is to characterize different typologies of troughs at the level of the laboratory.
  • A proper feeding management to avoid animals excrete the excess nutrients contained in their food by eating a multiphase diet appropriate to the needs of animals optimizing production indexes and reducing the excretion of nitrogen, phosphorus, copper and zinc.

 

Progress / Results

Objectives B1 Water and feeding management

  • Compiling the best practices in livestock on water and feeding management.
  • Transferring knowledge and technology to improve water and feeding management at the pig-breeding farms to minimize environmental impacts and economic costs.
  • Proving savings in water and feeding supply.
  • Proving savings in management costs.
  • Preparing a guide on methodology with the results obtained.
  • Preparing a guide compiling the procedures and the improvement of facilities to optimise livestock manure at source management.

Localization B1 - Water and feeding management