Briefing Papers

Main results of the agri benchmark Pig Network are published in our Briefing Paper Series  and can be downloaded for free.

Economic Effects of Alternatives to Piglet Castration without Anesthesia in Germany

Briefing Paper 2017/2

Starting on January 1, 2019, piglet castration without anesthesia will be legally prohibited in Germany. Therefore Mandes Verhaagh and Claus Deblitz analyze the long-term profitability of following alternatives: boar fattening without investment - boar fattening with investment - immunocastration - castration with intramuscular anesthesia - castration with isoflurane anesthesia.

English version (pdf-document, 1,1 MB)
(release date: 20.06.2017)

German version (pdf-document, 1,1 MB)


The pig industry´s transition to group sow housing: economic and welfare assessments

Briefing Paper 2017/1

This paper explores the impacts of group housing on productivity, economics (agri benchmark) and animal welfare (World Animal Protection). The research is based on case studies in the Netherlands, Spain and Brazil.

English version (pdf-document, 819 KB)

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