Conservation Practices for Whatcom County Pig Farms
Outdoor hog production systems are an increasingly popular choice for hog farmers interested in marketing niche pork products. This includes products sold with the following types of claims, “pasture-raised,” “humanely raised,” and “raised without the use of antibiotics.” Consumer demand for niche pork continues to rise and retail and wholesale buyers increasingly seek out these types of pork products. Despite the advantages of outdoor hog production systems, they can present environmental risks if not adequately managed. The environmental impacts of outdoor hog production are related to the natural behavior of hogs. Visit with the Whatcom Conservation District, invited experts from vetrinary and agronomy professions, as well as a panel of your peers and discuss techniques to manage deterioration of vegetative ground cover, soil compaction, high nutrient input, irregular nutrient distribution and nutrient losses to ground water and to the atmosphere.