Sector | Livestock farming Pig farming

Pig farmers, their customers, and their suppliers find here the answer to “what can ILVO do for me?”. A brief overview of relevant expertise, analyses, infrastructure, and the professional approach that characterizes ILVO is listed here. You can contact the Pig Information Center for specific services and questions regarding possible collaboration.

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What does ILVO do?

How does ILVO work?

ILVO aims to support all stakeholders in Flemish pig farming, from the pig farmers, the supplying and processing industry, the distribution chain, to research and educational institutions, government authorities, consumers, and citizens with the above broad palette of expertise and a modern research infrastructure.

Contemporary challenges are handled by experienced professionals. Together with the other parties involved in the chain, they work on customized solutions.

Your point of contact: the Pig Information Center

The Pig Information Center (Varkensloket) is the ideal point of contact for all questions on pig farming. The answer is always objective, independent, and scientifically substantiated. The Pig Information Center shares the latest research results and sector information by participating in seminars and information sessions, as well as through publications in the trade press, an up-to-date online knowledge center (in Dutch), a website, and a free quarterly newsletter.

The Pig Information Center is glad to listen to your concerns in order to translate them into concrete research questions, and to bring the necessary partners to the table.

Your ILVO guarantee

  • Scientifically-based solutions
  • Individual and/or co-creative guidance for innovation trajectories
  • Confidential treatment of your question
  • Clear and easy-to-interpret results that are applicable to day-to-day operations
  • Technological support for various farm processes
  • Specialised analyses in the Animal Marine Laboratory (ANIMALAB)

Specialized research infrastructure

  • The modern Pig Campus (research and educational pig stable of ILVO, Ghent University, and HOGENT) has space for 105 sows, 576 piglets, and 768 fattening pigs
  • ILVO’s experimental farm with space for 140 sows, 576 piglets, and 180 fattening pigs
  • Low-ammonia emission systems with sloping pit walls and an air scrubber
  • Multiple water and feed circuits
  • Various scales/measuring equipment for individual and group weighing of pigs

All ILVO expertises at your service

ILVO works in an interdisciplinary fashion and has a network of living labs that work closely together. A problem or question is therefore examined from many different angles by ILVO experts from different disciplines. This is guaranteed by ILVO's broad and systematic approach, together with the typical openness of the ILVO culture.

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