The Pig Production Environmental Footprint Calculator Version 3 has been completed and will soon be made available to producers.  This software enables the user to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and crop land requirements for an existing or…

A Life Cycle Analysis of Land Use in US Pork Production

The goal of this study was to analyze land use in the production of US pork using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA is a comprehensive methodology for quantitatively analyzing potential environmental impacts associated with complex systems. Identification of processes contributing…

LCA of Alternate Swine Management

Life cycle analyses of eight pork production strategies for three environmental impact categories yielded a range of results, from a 17 percent increase in global warming potential (removing preventative antimicrobials) to approximately 3 percent reduction in energy use (immuno-castration). Based…