News 405 views last update:Aug 25, 2008

Research project seeks soya alternative for pigs

A research project has begun aimed at creating a win-win situation for the British pig industry by cutting costs and lessening environmental impact.

The £1.5 million (€1.9 million) Green Pig project is investigating the potential of using home grown legumes in the diets of growing and finishing pigs.

The project by Defra-LINK brings together plant breeders and growers, pig feed manufacturers, producers and industry organisations such as Britain's BPEX.

BPEX pig technical manager Dr Pinder Gill said: "The aim is to find a home-grown feed as an alternative to soya which will closely match the needs of a pig. The benefits should be lower costs for producers and a better environment as this feed would not have to be transported anything like as far as soya."

The three-and-a-half year project has three academic partners Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), University of Nottingham and National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)).

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