Results of a new study by Wageningen Livestock Research, the Netherlands, show that breeding reduces environmental impacts of animal products by about 1% per year.
That percentage is achieved without specific selection on environmental traits, but as an indirect response through selection on the current breeding goals. The Dutch university performed the study on the contribution of breeding to reducing environmental impact in pigs, but also in broilers, laying hens and dairy cattle. The outcomes were published in the report called ‘The contribution of breeding to reducing environmental impact of animal production’.
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.