Green Energy Pigs

Working with a collaborative partnership including Midland Pig Producers, 4c Design, the universities of Newcastle and Cranfield, and sub-contractors ProJen, we have just completed this 3 year Innovate UK funded project.

We have identified:

  • How to construct an integrated system for sustainable energy pig housing
  • How to improve feed conversion rates, maximise health and welfare, minimise resource usage and gaseous emissions and re-use captured energy
  • How to develop export products and services on ‘Green Pigs’ building consultancy
  • How to conceptualise the ideal ‘Green Pig’ self-sustaining system

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http://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/high-welfare-zero-energy-pig-building-prototype-development.htm 

Newcastle output arising (in whole or part) from Green Pigs project

Peer reviewed papers

Nasirahmadi A, Richter U, Hensel O, Edwards S, Sturm B. 2015. Using machine vision for investigation of changes in pig group lying patterns. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 119, 184-190.

Nasirahmadi A, Richter U, Hensel O, Edwards S, Sturm B. 2017. A new approach for categorizing pig lying behaviour based on a Delaunay triangulation method. Animal, 11: 131–139.

Jackson P, Guy J, Edwards SA, Sturm B, Bull S. 2017. Application of dynamic thermal engineering principles to improve the efficiency of resource use in UK pork production chains. Energy and Buildings, 139: 53–62.

Nasirahmadi A, Edwards SA, Matheson SM, Sturm B. 2017. Using automated image analysis in pig groups behavioural research: assessment of the influence of enrichment substrate provision on the lying behaviour. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Sturm B. Nasirahmadi A, Edwards SA. 2017. The feasibility of waste heat recovery and renewable energy integration on a commercial pig farm – a case study. In preparation for Thermal Science and Engineering Progress.

 

Published abstracts from Scientific meetings

Nasirahmadi A, Edwards S, Richter U, Sturm B. 2015. Automatic detection of changes in pig group pig lying behaviour using image analysis. ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 26 – 29, 2015.

Jackson P, Guy J, Sturm B, Bull S, Edwards S. 2015. Application of process engineering principles to improve the efficiency of resource use in UK pork production chains. ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 26 – 29, 2015.

Nasirahmadi A, Edwards S, Sturm B. 2016. Investigating the effect of rooting substrate provision on the group lying behaviour of pigs using machine vision. Proc CIGR, Aarhus, Denmark. 26-29 June

Throup S, Edwards SA, Woolfenden N. 2017. Greener Pigs: Self-sustaining livestock building for commercial production. Proc BSAS, Chester, May 2017.

Jackson P. 2017. Innovative concept building design using passive technology to improve resource efficiency and welfare of pigs. WAFL, Wageningen, Netherlands, September 2017.

Jackson, P., Guy, J., Edwards, S. A., Sturm, B. and Bull, S. (2017). Innovative concept building design using passive technology to improve resource efficiency and welfare of pigs. In Proceedings WAFL 2017, 7th International Conference on the Welfare assessment of animal welfare and group level. 5-8 September 2017, De ReeHorst – Ede, The Netherlands (In Press).

 

Other dissemination

Nasirahmadi A, Edwards S, Richter U, Sturm B. 2015. Using machine vision for identification of changes in pig group lying behaviour. AHDB Smart Agriculture Conference, Birmingham, 8 September 2015

Jackson P. 2017. Buildings Research at the University of Newcastle. Pig Buildings Suppliers Forum Meeting, Cockle Park, Newcastle, 3 May 2017