Main research questionA high variation in body weight between individual finishing pigs within a same batch is associated with economic and ecological costs. This project investigates effective and cost-efficient strategies to deal with this variation in fattening pigs.
Managing variation within a batch of fattening pigs to optimize performance and minimize losses
Main research questionThe aim of this project was to get insight in the meat quality variation of sire and sow lines that currently form the genetic basis of our Flemish fattening pigs. The unique aspect of this project was that the meat quality was determined on both fresh meat and high-quality cooked ham.
Variation in raw and cooked ham quality of pigs in Flanders: insight into the contribution of genetics and the potential of a minimal invasive measurement technique
Based on 80 feeds analyzed in vivo, in vitro methods were analyzed and NIRS calibrations were developed for the prediction of net energy content.Relevance/ValorizationIn the rearing of meat pigs, 60-70% of the costs is due to the feed. Therefore, estimating feed quality and utilization in an affordable and fast way is highly relevant.
AnalysesDetailsContactperssonZootechnical trials in pigsFeed and digestibility trials in piglets, meat pigs, sows and boarsSam Millet (animal husbandry), Annelies Van Nuffel (NEW CONTACT Agricultural Engineering)Behavior and animal welfareVeehouderij: gedrag en welzijn van de voornaamste landbouwhuisdieren (rund, varken, kip, konijn).Agrotechniek: (
The objective of this operational group is to objectively map the added value of music for the welfare and performance of pigs. In addition to pig farmer Piet Paesmans (who took the initiative), Breydel, PVL, ILVO, Varkensloket and Mediaan BV are also involved as partners.
Prestaties van nakomelingen van drie hybride stress negatieve zeugenlijnen (Topigs20, TN70 en Mira) en twee Belgische stress positieve Piétraintypes (Premium en Optimal) werden daarom vergeleken van bij opzet in de vleesvarkensstal tot aan de consumptie van kookham (Figuur 1).
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