Is Big Always Bad?

Activity: Talk, evidence or presentation typesInvited talk


Challenges of feeding a growing human population has put pressure on all livestock industries to become more efficient. Getting more from less (e.g. more milk from a dairy cow, more pigs per sow per year, more meat from a chicken) is one way of achieving this efficiency and ‘going BIG’ is an aspect of sustainable intensification - but at what cost? Pig production will be used to illustrate the wider consequences of this drive for efficiency, including the welfare and health concerns as well as questioning long-term sustainability and ethical standards.
Period29 Oct 2021
Event titleSwedish Veterinary Conference : Technology and Ethics
Event typeConference
LocationSwedenShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Welfare
  • pigs
  • large litters
  • survival
  • Sustainability