Nutrient Management in Pasture-Based Swine Operations
The acceptance of pastured swine operations is based mainly in its sustainable nature. Intensive use of pastures by hogs could lead to a negative impact on the environment. The most serious aspects of outdoor swine production are: vegetative ground cover deterioration, soil compaction, high nutrient input, irregular nutrient distribution and nutrient losses to ground water and to the atmosphere. In consequence, an adequate nutrient management program is of extreme importance.