Exploring European-Chinese knowledge transfers in pig production – paths ahead?

Genetically optimized, feed efficient, standardized pigs are in high demand globally. The global poly-crises of climate change, environmental degradation, anti-microbial resistance, and land-use change, coupled with a growing human population make questions about our food-systems ever more important. How do we make animal products that do as little harm to the surroundings and use as few of our scarce resources as possible? What are the available models of pig production systems, what does it imply to transfer knowledge across different places, and what can we learn from these transfers for a future pig production?

One answer to these many planetary challenges is to increase efficiency and biosecurity in animal production systems in order to continue to develop disease-free pigs with low input and high output. Via intense research in technology and detailed knowledge about animal bodies, Denmark, among others, has succeeded in making animal products that are greatly appreciated globally – and especially in Asia. At this seminar, we will explore, compare, and discuss different systems of industrial pig production, as these models travel, get modified, and succeed or fail across different settings.

The meeting is open for employees at IVH and for invited guests from Landbrug og Fødevarer, SEGES, DanBred, Wageningen University and other institutions/companies that study or work with pig production.

The seminar is organized and financed by the UCPH network Scenarios for Sustainable Animal Production in the Future in collaboration with the interdisciplinary project Cattle Crossroads - Researching Danish livestock production for the Future – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk).

For more information please contact Peter Karlskov-Mortensen pkm@sund.ku.dk