APSA conference: Climate change and pig production

Source: Marcello Marchesi, Pig Progress, 24 November 2021, photo credit: Enel Green Power

Climate change and pig production was one of the themes highlighted at the 18th edition of the Australasian Pig Scientific Association (APSA) conference, held in November 2021 in Brisbane, Australia.

As the APSA event followed immediately after the COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow, UK, it was not surprising see a review by Dr David Renaudaeu, Pegase, France and Dr Jean-Yves Dourmad, INRA, on the “Future consequences of climate change for EU pig production.”

The authors stated that the monogastric species have received much less attention on this subject when compared to ruminants. They quoted expected average overall temperature rising in the EU ranging from prudent estimates of 1.4 to 4.2°C and more alarmist predictions of 2.7 to 6.2°C in the period 2071-2100.
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