Special Issue "Challenges and Perspectives in Pig Farming: Breeding, Husbandry and Management"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Farm Animal Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Nicole Kemper
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Guest Editor
Institute for Animal Hygiene, Animal Welfare and Farm Animal Behavior, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bischofsholer Damm 15, Hannover D-30173, Germany
Interests: farm animal welfare; animal hygiene; animal–environment–human interactions; antibiotic resistance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Commercial pig farming in Europe, and worldwide, faces enormous changes and challenges today. Challenges are both related to animal health and animal welfare aspects. In times of global epizootic diseases, prevention and biosecurity measures are of utmost importance to maintain a high health status on pig farms. Moreover, the demand for prudent use of antibiotics shifts efforts towards prevention and adapted strategies in management. This goes hand in hand with measures to enable animal welfare, which have to be realized in present and future pig farming systems. For instance, longer restrictions of movement, management of large litters, tail docking, and castration without anesthesia are key issues to be solved in future animal-friendly husbandry systems. In addition, the impact of pig husbandry on the environment plays an increasingly important role. These major challenges can only be solved when innovative research in breeding, husbandry, and management offer perspectives. To put solutions into practice, economic considerations and potential conflicting goals should also be taken into account. This Special Issue aims at showing perspectives for pig farming in a challenging situation. Therefore, I invite you to contribute by submitting studies or comprehensive reviews analyzing current challenges in pig husbandry and investigating possible innovative solutions in breeding, husbandry, and management.

Prof. Dr. Nicole Kemper
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Animal health
  • Animal welfare
  • Piglets
  • Pigs
  • Pig breeding
  • Husbandry systems
  • Disease prevention

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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