In a project named ‘SuperGrassPork’, several partners in the Danish agribusiness are teaming up to figure out whether grass or clover could be a suitable protein source for organic pigs.
The green sources could thus be a replacement for soybeans. To make sure that the pigs can actually digest the proteins, it needs to be extracted through refining. A technique to do so has been developed in the last few years.
SuperGrassPork will develop a system for organic pig production, where a large part of the feed protein comes from locally produced clover grass. In earlier trials, pigs were observed not to reject refined grass and clover proteins, according to Seges, the advisory organisation of Danish Agriculture & Food Council (L&F).
One of the partners in the project is Aarhus University. On the university’s website, it is explained that the project will help to solve several important challenges in organic pig production:
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According to the website, the purpose of the project is to establish a sustainable solution in relation to achieving expanded and resource efficient organic pig production, based on bio-refined feed protein from organic grassland crops.
The project, which will run between 2017 and 2019 will focus on: