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Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.

 

Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, ran from 2011-2013.


DARCOF III
The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.

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VIPiglets: Low mortality through birth of vital piglets.


Piglet mortality in Danish organic pig production is very high with one of three organic piglets dying before weaning. This is a major barrier for obtaining a predicted high growth potential for organic pig production. The high mortality rate seems to be related to litter size beyond the size that can be fostered by the sow and birth of weak pigs. The current breed combination may be less suited for organic production, where sows farrow in in-accessible hutches, having long lactations and with limited possibilities for managing surplus piglets. The project facilitate a reduction in neonatal organic piglet mortality from 33 to 20 % of total born piglets, one extra weaned pig per litter and a one extra kg in average weaning weight. Implementation of these results will increase societal trust in organic pig production due to improved animal welfare. The project will 1) through observational studies in Danish organic herds identify major mortality risk factors at the sow and piglet level
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2) new breeding goals and selection tools to target the specific conditions and challenges of the organic sow production and 3) improved environment including access to and methods for birth surveillance and assistance and provision of suitable climate for sow and piglets at the birth site. Finally, best management practise will be demonstrated and knowledge from the research part of the project will be disseminated through consultancy practice, workshops, web pages and written reports.

 

 

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Project leader:

Lene Juul Pedersen, AU

Phone and e-mail: +45 87157907

lene.juulpedersen@agrsci.dk

 

Project period: 01-01-2014 to 31-12-2017




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Within the last years the European Union has financed a growing numberof research projects in organic food and farming.

 

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