Pollution reduction and profitability improvement of livestock production

Prapi (pollution reduction and profitability improvement)
the prapi project will develop a range of technologies capable of reducing environmental pollution in livestock confined operations, thus increasing livestock performance and production profitability.

The global market demand for an effective and competitive product, which can meet the growing challenges for responsible livestock production and environmental security, while enhancing the livestock industry’s economic competitiveness and profitability, is continuously increasing. This demand for alternative, affordable and sustainable solutions is in greater demand in the pig industry, where global pig farm structure changes, increases in animal feed costs, reduction of farm profitability and the ever growing need to comply with environmental regulations, have led the industry to a crisis. Cycle-G(TM) is the first dedicated patentable additive which presents a substantial and sustainable growth potential for the global livestock industry, meeting the challenges of production profitability optimisation, animal welfare enhancement and environmental impact reduction. Global price increases in both corn and soybean animal feeds, driven by subsidised bio-fuels appear at present to be permanent. These increases are driven by factors such as high oil prices and the political popularity of ethanol. These factors are unlikely to decline or disappear in the medium term. Pig production is an important economic factor in many countries worldwide (2005 estimated global pig population was 942 million). The concurrent need to comply with new environmentally manageable related issues greatly emphasizes the huge challenge of increasing net profitability. A recent UN - FAO publication indicated that: - The livestock sector emerges as one of the top, most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems. - The global production of meat is projected to more than double from now to the year 2050, driven by population growth and rising income. - Continuous structural changes in pig production are converging worldwide toward industrialisation of livestock production. Following extensive research and an in-situ experiment which was conducted under a grant from the EU’s 5th Framework Programme (at the Experimental Pig Farm in THE NETHERLANDS), results indicated that Cycle-G(TM) can improve pig production profitability and comply with growing animal welfare and environmental challenges. Results indicated a very promising potential for the global pig industry. Amongst the benefits are: A. Increase of Pig weight Average Daily Gain [ADG] [8.40%] B. Reduction of pig production costs 8.43 euro (per slaughtered pig) C. Reduction of odour emission 29% D. Reduction of further Ammonia Emission 48.70% E. Increase of agricultural grassland crop yields 19.67% Cycle-G(TM) is seen as beneficial to animal welfare, which could lead to a cost reduction of about 6% on the pig farm and be an essential component of a framework for farm systems to pursue optimisation. To further optimize livestock pollution reduction, welfare conditions and farm productivity, the PRAPI project is designed to further improve the existing benefits already achieved in a previous EU project. The PRAPI project, based on a modular components [products] concept, will introduce a comprehensive ecologically-friendly system which initially comprises of four pillars to be based on further technological development: 1. A comprehensive system that can best reduce pollution at source in livestock buildings [Process] 2. A new sensor and controlling system [Product] 3. A new spraying system [Product] 4. A new air purification system [Product] PRAPI’s two year time-to-market plan includes a short-term strategy focused on obtaining BAT [Best Available Techniques] approval and a mid-term marketing strategy focused on PRAPI’s modular ecologically-friendly system based on a process and products developed under PRAPI in the EU-27 market and its subsequent introduction in the U.S.A. and other global markets. The long-term strategy is for PRAPI is to become a global commercial platform, based on a modular component and dedicated to including additional products based on proprietary technologies, and to the marketing of premium products, the production of which these technologies enable. The process and products which will be the result of PRAPI are designed to be sold as part of a modular system in the livestock market while some products could be sold as ‘stand alone’ products in the agricultural market and/or other commercial markets.
Project ID: 
4 537
Start date: 
Project Duration: 
Project costs: 
1 030 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Environmental Engineering / Technology
Market Area: 
Animal Husbandry

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