ILVO generates knowledge to promote more sustainable animal husbandry, fisheries and aquaculture. To do this, it is inevitable to that animals are kept and used for research (where the animals are kept in group housing or in their original ecosystem to the degree possible).
We always start from a holistic vision on nutrient flows, animal health and sustainable animal production. Also genetics, animalwelfare, stress, emissions, taste, identity, profitability, and water consumption are focus points in this line of research.
ILVO researches possible future pathways for animal production.
The main purpose of the virtual Project Seminar is to discuss the projects’ main fields of work: Improve the productivity, resilience and competitiveness of European Animal Production, Improve and manage resource use to reduce waste and enhance the environmental sustainability of European Animal Production and Improve on-farm practices to enhance consumer
From mid-2017 onwards, 14 research consortia started their work to achieve new insights for the field of sustainable animal production.
Centrale onderzoeksvraag/doelThe increasing maximum temperatures and the increasing number of days with elevated temperatures in Belgium can lead to heat stress in several animal species but pigs are particularly sensitive to this. In recent years, pig farmers have experienced much greater production losses and mortality on their farms.
This high productivity poses a challenge for the animal. Especially the period of 60 to 90 days around calving, the transition period, is very critical for the animal. The development of multifactorial problems during this period leads to significant economic losses and reduced animalwelfare during the subsequent lactation.
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