Trees have to keep pig odours away
The Canadian Pork Council (CPC), together with regional partners in eastern
Canada, is delivering a programme aiming to plant more trees across the
landscape, to the benefit of both farmers and the non-farming
A two-year awareness project was initiated in April 2005 - and will be
wrapping up activities in March 2007 - to demonstrate that trees planted at or
around pig house sites - referred to as shelterbelts - provide a chance to
control odours better.
Moreover, the are also diminishing the amount of energy needed to keep barns
warm and dry.
According to an Environmental Programs spokesman the demonstration is
designed to promote shelterbelts. The project will also ensure that the
expertise exists in the future to have shelterbelts installed properly and
effectively throughout various Canadian hog provinces.
The project is offering a training course, open to those in a position to
promote and design shelterbelts for hog producers. In addition, the course
provides participants with experience as farm site plans are part of the
CPC President Clare Schlegel says, "When a hog producer comes to understand
that by simply planting trees in a planned approach, the prevalence of odours is
significantly reduced, farm energy costs can be cut by 25 to 30%, greenhouse gas
emissions are reduced and the aesthetics of the site are drastically improved,
the uptake of the practice is likely to be rapid."
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