Newcastle University is looking for volunteers to take part in a research project to develop a novel way to assess the sustainability of pork production.
The university’s Jonathan Guy, who is leading the project, said the aim was to take into account all aspects of the sustainability of production, not just animal welfare and environmental impacts that are often at the forefront of media items on sustainability. The research will also cover the social well-being of being a pig farmer, such as the level of stress and achieving a healthy work/life balance, as well as financial stability, as remaining profitable is key to any sustainable supply chain, he added.
The team at Newcastle hope to recruit 25 pig farms from across the UK to take provide data on aspects of financial & environmental performance, as well as permit observation of selected groups of pigs. The audit will take no more than 3 hours, and all data will be anonymised before being processed.
Farmers taking part in the survey will be given their individual sustainability results, as well as comparison to other farms taking part in the survey so they can benchmark their sustainability credentials. Participants will also be given their own free copy of the integrated Pork Sustainability app to keep and use in the future when evaluating the consequences of possible changes in their production system.