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Record number 310123
Title Ammonia emissions from pig houses in The Netherlands, Denmark and France
Author(s) Peet-Schwering, C.M.C. van der; Aarnink, A.J.A.; Rom, H.B.; Dourmad, J.Y.
Source Livestock Production Science 58 (1999). - ISSN 0301-6226 - p. 265 - 269.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0301-6226(99)00017-2
Department(s) Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 1999
Abstract In recent decades pig production has been intensified in most European countries. This has resulted in a surplus of manure and a serious concern about the effect of ammonia emissions on environmental acidification and the pollution of ground and surface water. In the Netherlands, Denmark and France approximately 50% of the ammonia emissions from pig production is from pig housing and slurry storage. Ammonia emissions from pig houses can be reduced by: (1) lowering the concentrations of urea and ammonia in the slurry; (2) lowering the temperature of the slurry; (3) reducing the emitting surface area; (4) reducing the pH of the slurry. Various housing techniques have been developed to reduce ammonia emissions. Most of these techniques are costly but cheaper systems are becoming available. A combination of housing and feeding measures seems most promising to achieve a substantial reduction in ammonia emissions at relatively low costs. Lowering the protein content of the diet, including non-starch polysaccharides and adding acidifying salts instead of CaCO3 are the main possibilities at the moment to reduce the ammonia emission by dietary means.
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