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Balance is key: Farmers must maintain soil health to successfully grow both free-range pigs and energy crops

Owning livestock is a huge responsibility. Free-range farmers must ensure that their pigs do not cause permanent harm to the environment.  Free-range pig farming is typically associated with a high risk of nitrogen loss in the soil known as leaching, as the pigs cause an uneven distribution of mineral nitrogen in the soil through their defecation behaviors. In addition, the pigs’ rooting behaviors destroy the grass-covered soil. One study, which was published in the journal Agroforestry Systems, aimed to determine the role of stocking density in determining nitrogen distribution and balance in a farming production that combines free-range pigs and energy crops.  Read more...

 

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