Danish pig farmers adopt green tech to give them commercial edge

1. Wide exterior of Thomas Wiese’s pig farm
2. Exterior of barn where pigs are kept
3. Farm worker feeds piglets inside barn
4. Close of piglets eating
5. Close of piglets faces while eating
6. Thomas Wiese examines pigs
7. Adult pigs feeding and fighting
8. Wiese opens tank containing low-ammonia feed
9. Interior of feed tank showing pump churning
10. Wide of air unit that reduces ammonia emissions
11. Close of pipe from air unit
12. Wiese opens up air unit
13. Water pours down tank wall towards ammonia foam/tilt down to foam
14. Close up of ammonia foam
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thomas Wiese, pig farmer:
“Well, right now the benefit is not so large but I think in the long run that’s gonna be an advantage. Because of, I think, the consumer will be able to see that product produced CO2 (carbon) correctly will be a good seller.”
16. Various of Danish Crowns slaughterhouse
17. Wide of plant with pig carcasses moving along production line
18. Wide of factory workers examining carcasses
19. Pig carcasses moving along low-energy production line
20. Close of worker examining carcasses
21. Production line with pig carcasses
22. SOUNDBITE: (English) Charlotte Thy, slaughterhouse environmental manager:
“Being green is part of business, we think it makes good sense to think environmental solutions into our business solutions. When we save energy we also have better numbers on the bottom line.”
Skanderborg (near Horsens)
23. Wide of Skanderborg with lake in foreground
24. Traditional houses and church by lakeside
25. Main shopping street in village
26. Interior of village butcher’s shop with people buying bacon
27. Bacon products on display
28. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mai Wils, butcher’s assistant:
“Well, instead of thinking what’s cheapest and what’s more, they think about the quality of it and how they, how it can help the environment to buy better bacon.”
29. Hundreds of shoulders of ham move along production line
30. Closer of the same
Danish bacon is going green – and local pig producers insist it’s not just good for the environment but good for profits too.
Thomas Wiese, 32, runs a pig farm outside Horsens in the Jutland region of Denmark.
The 14-thousand pigs here are fed a special diet, rich in synthetic amino acids.
This helps to reduce the amount of nitrogen generated by pig waste.
Nitrogen produces ammonia which can be damaging to the environment.
Wiese has invested heavily in green technology.
In the attic of the barn where the pigs live, he has a high-tech machine to stop ammonia from escaping into the atmosphere.
The device, which cost more than 100-thousand euros, reduces ammonia to foam which can be used for nitrate-rich natural fertiliser.
This makes farmers less reliant on artificial fertiliser, which uses fossil-fuel energy in its production.
Wiese believes that consumer demand is forcing the pig industry to change its ways and adopt more environmentally-friendly production methods.
“I think the consumer will see that products produced carbon-correctly will be a good seller,” he says.
A few kilometres from the farm lies the town of Horsens – home to Danish Crowns, one of the biggest slaughterhouses in Europe.
Opened in 2005, the plant processes 85-thousand pigs a week. Officials say one pig is slaughtered here every three seconds during working hours.
They claim the plant has been built around the concept of low energy consumption.
Across the Danish pig industry as a whole, they say, slaughtering a pig generates almost a third less carbon today than was the case twenty years ago.
“Being green is part of business, and when we save energy, we also have better numbers on the bottom line,” she maintains.
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