Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: June 11, 1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Environmental quality remains a major issue for swine producers because of the perception that all swine operations pose an environmental risk. This perception poses a unique challenge for pork producers because the majority of operations are managed without any problem; however, there are one or more environmental endpoints at risk. It is important to understand that environmental endpoints could include ground and surface water quality, air quality, and soil nutrient status. These endpoints are placed at risk when management practices lead to a situation that contributes to a load on the environment that is greater than the system can assimilate. Pork producers need to understand the concepts of environmental quality from several viewpoints including risk management, loadings, remediation, and best management practices. There are no simple solutions to these problems and no one-size-fits-all solution that all producers can adopt and discharge their environmental responsibility. Development of best management practices is underway that will define the linkages among components of the swine production system and environmental quality. The outcome of these efforts will be both an improved production efficiency and enhanced environmental quality.