THE NETHERLANDS, Wageningen. Royal De Heus opened its centre for practical research into pig nutrition, ‘De Elsenpas’, on Monday 6 May. Feeding research can now actually begin following the arrival of the first TN 70-SPF breeding sows. The inauguration underlines the company‘s ambitions to take the next step in the continuous development of innovative pig feeds.
Healthy and sustainable pig farming will continue to grow in importance in the future, both nationally and internationally. Rapidly changing and challenging market conditions demand constant innovation. That’s what motivates the company to focus even more on feeding healthy pigs in the best possible way, with the least possible impact on the environment and society. De Heus has used this vision to invest in a centre for practical research into pig nutrition, in line with the latest animal husbandry, animal nutrition and data technology insights.
The research centre conducts nutritional research relating to practical issues. New compositions, raw materials, ingredients or current nutritional issues are examined carefully. This allows new insights to be translated into practice quickly, in the form of innovative pig feeds and the dissemination of knowledge within the international pig farming sector.
The research centre functions as a conventional, modern farm with sows, piglets and fatteners. Imitating the real world under controlled conditions is a prerequisite for thorough research. The centre has space for 230 sows with accompanying piglets, breeding sows and 900 fatteners. This set-up lets De Heus carry out unique nutritional research into all animal groups, and across the various animal groups for which long-term effects can also be determined. The pigs are fed individually in feeding stations. This makes it possible to examine several feeds concurrently. The research centre holds SPF status and has strict external and internal biosecurity.
De Elsenpas is De Heus’ most modern research centre for pig nutrition. It brings together all the knowledge that De Heus acquires worldwide in cooperation with its pig-farming customers and knowledge institutes.