Ambassador: Bart Vanackere, Belgium

Publication date: July 2019 | Theme: Animal welfare

Challenges: The quality of the farm atmosphere

Faeces and urine are separated, and regularly removed, from the finisher pig housing to reduce the production of ammonia on a Belgian unit run by Akivar. The sloped floor underneath the slatted flooring directs urine so it is collected in a urine gutter, while the faeces are scraped with a newly developed scraper towards a collection pit.

The air quality inside the building is better than on an average farm, so the environment for both farmers and pigs is improved. The fresh faeces is digested on farm in a small-scale mono-digester that produces heat and electricity.

They began by converting a small, existing building to try the technique and then built a new and bigger building. In order to get a building and environmental permit, they have to provide ammonia emission data, using an acknowledged measurement technique. They are also measuring odour.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (Belgium): Laurens Vandelannoote