The synergies between arable, trees and pig farming
Take me to the farm
Blue Pig Farm
The Blue Pig Farm is an organic pig farm in western France, set up by the farmer Carl Sheard, and monitored by the French Research Institute for Organic Food and Farming (ITAB). The farm covers 6.6 hectares that integrate agroforestry and fodder crops for pigs. The land manager’s motivation for integrating crops and livestock is to produce his own pig feed to become more autonomous, enhance animal welfare, and improve meat quality, as explained by his colleague Olivia, from ITAB
How can AGROMIX support Carl and the Blue Pig Farm?
Integrating crops, livestock and trees in a mixed farming system has brought a variety of additional benefits, including shade and protection for the pigs, and natural crop fertiliser with pig excrement. In the future, Carl hopes to evaluate whether the nutrients from pig excrement increase production and improve crop quality, under more rigorous testing.
Acknowledging obstacles and overcoming them
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