Ambassador: Finland

Publication date: May 2020 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Increasing overall farm sustainability

Rypsiporsas® pigs are fed with an optimised mixture of close-to-the-farm harvested crops, that makes the meat more delicious and rich in omega-3-fatty acids. The pigs are raised completely without antibiotics. The next goal is to make our production carbon-neutral.

The calculated carbon footprint for Rypsiporsas is on our farm 2,5 and on average 3,3 kg CO2/kg. This is lower than that of pigs raised in other European countries with feed containing soybeans. To calculate our carbon footprint we use the Biocode tool, which is based on ISO-standards and IPCC-recommendations.

We have solar panels to increase our energy production. Foodstuffs make the biggest share of the farm’s footprint, so we participate in a project to optimize the input/output-ratio of feed. The project studies conservation agriculture in terms of fertilization and soil cultivation methods. Effects of conservation agriculture on greenhouse gas emissions is shown by several studies, and it also reduces the risk of soil runoff.

2017 results Alakukku Oy Sold 3797 pigs, 227590 kg 80 000 kg CO2ekv/farm/y 2,5 kg CO2ek /live-weight kg.

In comparison:  The 2017 carbon footprint of farms is on average 3,3 kg CO2ekv /live-weight kg.

Emissions from the Alakukku farm: 1. Feedstuff 60 % 2. Manure systems 27 % 3. Others 13 % Amounts of 2018 and 2019 are under calculation.

The study of conservation agriculture brought no extra costs to the farm, only the time used. This prepares the farm’s economy for a change when the carbon footprint will affect the agricultural subsidies. The project involves many farms, so they can cooperate and share ideas.

Special products such as Rypsiporsas have a better price and a less fluctuating demand. This results in improved utilization rate of the farm and production per pig place. A 15 000 euro investment was done on two new storage tanks when the farm started with Rypsiporsas - production, one for oatmeal based protein food and a second one for rapeseed oil.

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