Sustainable pig production
In context of Precision Livestock Farming, pig farms equipped with sensors and cameras that monitor environmental parameters, pigs’ weight, feed intake and water usage are actually big data producers.
Main research questionThe 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.
Heat plan for Flemish pig farming
Main research questionThe main objective of this project is to demonstrate that European protein sources can be used as feed ingredients for pig and poultry feeds and that this can lead to profitable production.
Soy free chicken and pig production
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: (
Co-creation opportunities in pig production
Main research questionPIGWEB is a European project that was launched on March 1, 2021. This five-year project gathers 16 partners, including ILVO, from nine different countries with the core aim of strengthening the pig research infrastructures community.
An infrastructure for experimental research for sustainable pig production
Main research questionThis European research project aims to improve animal welfare in pigs and poultry that are raised organically and in free-range systems. In concrete terms, the 23 project partners will work together on innovative solutions and tools.
Poultry and Pig Low-input and Organic production systems’ Welfare
Main research questionCan we extract the crude protein from the leguminous plants alfalfa (lucerne) and red clover, which are both green fodder crops with well known cultivation techniques, in order to mix that protein into the rations of (organic) pigs and poultry? We are answering this question in the LUZEX project.
Protein extraction from lucerne and clover for broiler and pig feed
Main research questionWhich practical and affordable measures and strategies can pig farmers use to know and improve the feed conversion ratio in the future? Ugent and ILVO researchers looked for answers in this research project.
Toward a farm-economic and environmental win-win by more efficient feed use in pig farming