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Trouw Nutrition hosts LifeStart Swine: Nourishing Animal & Business Potential

17 March 2021, at 4:00pm

Today, Trouw Nutrition, Nutreco’s animal nutrition division, hosted an informative conference on the importance of getting piglets off to a good LifeStart and the impact nutrition can play in the early days of a pig’s life. The global virtual event LifeStart Swine: Nourishing Animal & Business Potential was attended by 1,100 people from 66 different countries.

Saskia Korink, CEO of Trouw Nutrition
Saskia Korink, CEO of Trouw Nutrition

Event host Dr. Leo den Hartog, director of R&D at Nutreco, opened the event with a short discussion with Saskia Korink, CEO of Trouw Nutrition. Korink shared that the challenges the world and the pork industry are facing are leading to fast changes that require agility from farm to fork. Science is a powerful tool to help lead us through change. Korink and den Hartog also discussed a term we’ve all become familiar with – resiliency – and how it’s helping the industry move forward.

An exceptional group of speakers presented information, science and research data covering many aspects of the early life stage for piglets.

Following are speakers and presentation highlights:

Dr. John Pluske, faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne
Dr. John Pluske, faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Prof. Dr. John Pluske - University of Melbourne

  • Outlined the current pork production environment and which factors and trends will continue to disrupt and impact pork production in the future.
  • Growing pressure for the pork industry to be sustainable
  • Consumer empowerment and what that means for farmers and farm practices
  • How the industry will need to focus and/or refocus on the basic principles of pork production
  • Critical importance of sow and piglet nutrition – the future of the farm starts as early as conception
  • Where to focus R&D to answer pressing challenges and improve business
Dr. Chantal Farmer, research scientist at the Sherbrooke R&D Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Chantal Farmer, research scientist at the Sherbrooke R&D Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Prof. Dr. Chantal Farmer – research scientist at the Sherbrooke R&D Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • Sow plays an essential role for ensuring lifelong health and performance of piglets
  • Role of colostrum for the piglet
  • Colostrum yield is very variable and affected by many sow and management factors
  • Latest research findings on how to prolong the colostral phase and the immunity transfer from sows to piglets
  • Mammary development is important and review of research showing the use of a teat in first lactation will affect its milk yield in the second lactation
Dr. Dominiek Maes, faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University
Dr. Dominiek Maes, faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University

Prof. Dr. Dominiek Maes – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University

  • Pre-weaning, weaning and post-weaning challenges that compromise piglet lifelong health, performance and efficiency
  • Practical solutions to decreased milk yield and/or excess of piglets
  • Advantages and disadvantages of loose-housing systems for lactating sows
  • Infectious disease problems that can impact suckling pigs
  • Weaning age and feed intake expectations post-weaning
  • Supporting piglets to grow into healthy, robust and resilient finishers
Ruben Decaluwé, Global Technical Manager Young Animal Feed at Trouw Nutrition
Ruben Decaluwé, Global Technical Manager Young Animal Feed at Trouw Nutrition

Ruben Decaluwé - Global Technical Manager Young Animal Feed at Trouw Nutrition

  • Trouw Nutrition LifeStart Science Programme helps unravel a complicated web of interactions occurring during challenging transition periods of pig’s life
  • 100 grams of extra birthweight = 200 grams of extra weaning weight -- how do we achieve that extra birthweight?
  • Value of focusing on root cause not only helps to solve existing problems causing productivity and profitability losses but also prevents inefficiencies making business resilient and future proof.

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