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Feasibility study on the desirability of the UK pig industry adopting carcase cooling as an on-farm method for the storage of fallen pigs prior to disposal

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Research partners: FABRA, Harper Adams University

Project duration:April to August 2014 


Aims and objectives

  • To conduct a detailed evaluation on-farm carcase cooling systems in Denmark and the Netherlands
  • To assess the feasibility of implementation of on-farm carcase cooling for the UK pig industry.

Potential benefits

On-farm cooling of fallen stock prior to collection and rendering may provide significant economic, environmental and biosecurity benefits to the UK pig industry. Potential benefits include: 


Economic

  • An increase in the storage time and collection interval and potentially reduced costs associated with carcase disposal
  • Maintaining the quality of carcase material sent to renderers may increase the yield and quality of the rendered products and their economic value
  • The introduction of some carcase cooling systems may be cost effective with relatively short payback periods
  • Pillar 2 common agricultural policy funding may be available to encourage the development and uptake of on-farm carcase cooling.

 Environmental

  • Secure on-farm storage and containment of fallen stock
  • A reduction in odour emissions produced during storage, transportation and rendering and a reduction in the costs associated with odour control
  • Increased compliance to legislation regarding the treatment and disposal of fallen stock (both on-farm and by processing plants)
  • Enhanced public perception of the animal by-product industry. 

Biosecurity

  • Secure on-farm storage and containment may prevent access by wildlife, rodents and flies
  • Appropriate siting of on-farm storage facilities could reduce the possibility of disease transmission and improve biosecurity
  • A reduction in the frequency of collection visits and vehicle movements between farms may reduce the possibility of disease transmission and improve biosecurity
  • Increased farmer awareness of biosecurity and disease prevention, including retention of resulting juices.

Video: Cooling container on a Danish unit 

Cooling containers are already used on many European pig units and this clip shows one example in use in Denmark.