Sustainable production systems for meat and milk

Last changed: 29 November 2018

How can the sustainability of future production systems for meat and milk be improved? In this project we work with modeling and evaluation of production systems for milk, pig and cattle meat, taking environmental and social aspects into account.

In "Sustainable production systems for meat and milk", two EU projects (GenTORE and SusPig) and Future Food are integrated to form a PhD project. SusPig is about improved feed efficiency and GenTORE is about climate adaptation and increased efficiency with genomic information in the breeding work.

We improve models used for assessing sustainability of meat and milk production and use these models to evaluate some of today’s production system in Europe and future (theoretical) systems designed in the project. The future pig system uses feed that humans do not want to (or cannot) eat. The future system for milk and beef is adapted to predicted climate changes.

In both systems, the animals come from breeding programs where feed efficiency has a high weight. In the second part of the project we will evaluate social sustainability and develop a method for social life cycle analysis of production systems. Comparing social and environmental aspects in a joint sustainability assessment of pig meat is also included in the project.


Coordinator for GenTORE is Nic Friggens (INRA, France) and Coordinator for SusPig is Wendy Rauw (INIA, Spain). Researchers from UK, Norway, US, Australia, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Italy also participate in these projects.

PhD student: Stanley Zira, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, SLU

Funding: Future Food, EU projects GenTORE (H2020) and SusPig (ERA-Net) and Dept of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Project leader: Lotta Rydhmer, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, SLU

Time period: 2018-2022

Read more about the project here.

Contact, 018-67 23 47

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