Consumers and retailers alike are asking food supply chains to re-evaluate their impact on the environment.
Using IMPROVEST® creates an opportunity to gain other efficiencies from growing intact male pigs. By eliminating the need for physical castration, the animals grow to their full potential with all the inherent advantages of intact males until the second dose. They convert feed to meat more efficiently, meaning they eat less feed, produce less waste, while creating more pork3,4. Physically castrated pigs grow less efficiently.
Zoetis sponsored the first ISO-compliant global Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for an animal health product. The LCA measured the environmental impact of allowing pigs to grow longer as intact males. The assessment concluded that this approach has the potential for a reduction in carbon footprint by as much as 3.7 percent (measured in CO2 equivalent per kilogram of pig live weight) vs. physical castrates5,6.
Advantages also were documented in U.S environmental white paper studies done by the following authors Garth Boyd, Ph.D., PAS, The Prasino Group, Greg Thoma, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Marty Matlock, Ph.D., University of Arkansas and Gian Luca Baldo, Ph.D., Life Cycle Engineering
The growing global demand for animal protein requires all of us to do more with less. Zoetis recognizes the importance of Improvest enabling producers, processors and retailers to be socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable. At the same time, the adoption of Improvest in the U.S. alone will save the equivalent of the following resources7:
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