Ontario pork producers are stewards of the land. This involves preserving ecosystems and resources, such as soil and water, minimizing negative environmental impacts of their activities through the implementation of beneficial agricultural practices. From barn to field operations, pork producers can help to reduce environmental impacts on their farms.
Life Cycle Assessment Methodology
The practice is adopted by more than 80% of producers
The practice is adopted by between 50% and 79% of producers
The practice is adopted by less than 50% of producers
The practice is to be tracked and reported on during the next reporting period
Dimension 3 | Environmental Stewardship
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Preservation of ecosystems and resources
Educate pork producers on best management practices for manure and soil to increase number of farms testing their soil and manure.
Number of pork producers who test the soil on their fields for its nutrient content.
Promote the 4R nutrient stewardship philosophy.
Number of pork producers who test their herds’ manure for its nutrient content.
Promote the usage of water meters on farms.
Develop a water usage calculator to allow pork producers to compare and track their water usage.
Number of pork producers who use water meters to track their water usage.
Raise awareness about the importance and benefits of well water analysis.
Number of pork producers relying on well water who regularly get an analysis of the water quality.
Raise awareness among pork producers about the legislated standards for pesticide use.
Number of pork producers who follow legal and/or professional recommendations when applying pesticides based on the frequency at which they are doing it (e.g. always, often, sometimes, never).