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Evaluation of the sustainability of contrasted pig farming systems: economy

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Sandra Edwards


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The aim of this paper is to present an efficient tool for evaluating the economy part of the sustainability of pig farming systems. The selected tool IDEA was tested on a sample of farms from 15 contrasted systems in Europe. A statistical analysis was carried out to check the capacity of the indicators to illustrate the variability of the population and to analyze which of these indicators contributed the most towards it. The scores obtained for the farms were consistent with the reality of pig production; the variable distribution showed an important variability of the sample. The principal component analysis and cluster analysis separated the sample into five subgroups, in which the six main indicators significantly differed, which underlines the robustness of the tool. The IDEA method was proven to be easily comprehensible, requiring few initial variables and with an efficient benchmarking system; all six indicators contributed to fully describe a varied and contrasted population.

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Author(s): Ilari-Antoine E, Bonneau M, Klauke TN, Gonzàlez J, Dourmad JY, De Greef K, Houwers HWJ, Fabrega E, Zimmer C, Hviid M, Van der Oever B, Edwards SA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Animal

Year: 2014

Volume: 8

Issue: 12

Pages: 2047-2057

Print publication date: 01/12/2014

Online publication date: 15/09/2014

Acceptance date: 04/08/2014

ISSN (print): 1751-7311

ISSN (electronic): 1751-732X

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

DOI: 10.1017/S1751731114002158

PubMed id: 25222654


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FOOD-CT-2007-036245European Community