Ambassador: Theo Vernooij

Publication date: July 2019 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Reducing pig mortality

The number of piglets produced per sow has increased by 2%, from 15.5 to 15.8, through a system that focuses on a high standard of care throughout the breeding herd on Theo's farm.  Theo invests in good, animal-orientated management processes on the farm including time assessing the viability of piglets from a welfare perspective. He also spends a lot of time focusing on the condition, housing and feeding of the sows as good nutrition during pregnancy is the basis of a successful litter.

A lot of time is spent taking care of the birth and the piglets, with an extra employee hired to take care of the piglets after birth. They have installed extra heat lamps for the piglets and also provide better feed. This is a little more expensive per kg but they don’t need to feed as much so it doesn’t add any cost.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, please download the Checklist and Protocols (Cleaning and Disinfection / Health at Farrowing) that Theo uses on his farm.

For more details, contact RPIG (Netherlands): Jos Peerlings