This unit aims to help teachers and students in primary schools investigate sustainable resource management practices involved on an Australian pig farm. It also introduces and explores some of the concepts of onsite power generation and farming more sustainably as students are given an insight into ways farmers convert manure from their pigs into renewable energy which powers their farm. As the unit progresses, the emphasis shifts to investigating how increases in scientific knowledge and developments in technology are changing farming methods and techniques to reduce reliance on non-renewable and non-recyclable resources. Students are encouraged to consider actual sustainable resource management practices used by pig farmers, and be part of the process of understanding, documenting and communicating the industry’s opportunities and challenges.
pig, pork, farms, pork production, housing, sustainability, climate change, welfare, APL, stewardship, low emission