Wageningen Livestock Research is part of the Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research, along with Wageningen Bioveterinary Research and the university’s Department of Animal Sciences.

Together with our clients, we translate our scientific knowledge into practical solutions in the areas of nutrition, genetics, animal welfare and livestock farming systems & the environment. This allows us to work concretely on developing livestock farming concepts for the 21st century.

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Wageningen Livestock Research is familiar with all aspects of the pig sector and especially of the pig production chain. Our clients are from the public as well as the private sector. Much of our pig farming research is conducted at the Swine Innovation Centre in Sterksel (‘VIC Sterksel’). VIC is a multifunctional research centre for modern, innovative and sustainable pig husbandry, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Wageningen Livestock Research uses this facility to conduct research into different aspects of pig husbandry, such as feed, housing, emissions, mineral management and animal health & welfare.


Wageningen Livestock Research is mainly responsible for the provision of scientific information on the EU PiG topics.

Technical Partner of work package 3 (Precision Production), technical Partner of work package 4 (Welfare), and RPIG member The Netherlands.

Our team

Dr. Hans Spoolder, Senior Scientist

Hans is an applied ethologist at the Animal Health & Welfare department of Wageningen Livestock Research, specialized in pig housing and management issues: on farm, during transportation and at the slaughterhouse. He is a member of the Animal Health and Welfare panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and is president of the Animal Health and Welfare commission of the European Association of Animal Production (EAAP). He has extensive experience in working in international projects.


C. (Kees) Lockhorst PhD MSc 


Kees Lokhorst is the Precision Livestock Farming expert within Wageningen Livestock Research. He is involved in several national and international research programs concerning transition processes in animal farming systems. Research is focused on the possibilities of ICT en sensor information to support farmers (pig, poultry and dairy) in their daily management. Developing, testing, implementation and economic consequences of knowledge intensive systems was studied in various application areas and farming systems. He actively contributes to the organization of national and international conferences, and was e.g. responsible for the organization of the European Conference for Precision Livestock Farming in 2009. For the pig sector he worked on the development of an integrated group housing system for sows, the implementation of electronic identification and registration, and the social and economic implications in the EU-PLF project.  




Dr. Hans Spoolder