The project aims to improve the overall immune status of swine and directly reduce the amount of antibiotics used during breeding and grow-out via the production of high value added algae biomass and the use of it in nutrition. The horizontal aim is to introduce technology innovation (in feeding technology and animal health) in the Hungarian swine breeding and reproduction – as strategic industry – which helps to catch up with the Western European methodology and to serve as good practice in scientific level, too. Uncountable advantage of the concept is to improve the environmental consciousness and the knowledge on sustainable agriculture by wide spreading the findings and results. Swine production based on feedstuffs grown in domestic ground, the algae and germ-based feed ingredient produced with the developed complex technology is a unique solution for the short supply chain, ensuring simultaneously the minimum environmental impact and sustainable development of the swine farm with decreasing logistics needs and wise use of energy sources. Complementing their feeding with this new technology will enable other farms with similar features and capacities to adapt the concept of short supply chain and establish circular economy in the medium and long run.
Developing a neotraditional production process for the restoration of the short feed chain and to reduce soy dependence in pig production at Kurucz Farm Kft.
One of the greatest challenges of livestock production in the 21st century is the safe production of food of animal origin that is sufficient in both quantity and quality.
This is the question addressed by the current project; more specifically the Short Feed Chain system. This system is based on the close geographic link between the stockbreeder and the feed provider, with a maximum of one intermediary between the two. This results in local feed which is sourced from a local producer being shipped to a local stockbreeder, thus ensuring the feed quality for the livestock, and resulting in greater economic security and stability for the region.
The goal of the project:
Our goal, based on both the recommendations made at the World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding and the European Union’s Short Food Chain guidelines, is to create the opportunity to reestablish the short feed chain system, which has been used for decades in swine farming, by developing innovative new technologies. Biotechnical tools will be used to develop an algae-based system that incorporates feed production, local use and continuous quality assurance of both the feed and the final food product.