Podcast: The Family Feeding Pig Project


In the 41st episode of the Real P3 podcast, Dr Casey Bradley chats with Trouw Nutrition principal investigator Hubèrt van Hees, who discusses the Family Feeding project, the importance of slow feeding and the best start for pigs. after weaning.

The Real P3 podcast series is an initiative where pork professionals from around the world share their thoughts, ideas and solutions to their daily challenges in the pig farming and production industry.

In October 2021, Pig progress published an article on Family Feeding, a research project in the Netherlands aimed at helping pigs get a better start by helping them eat more before weaning.

Van Hees is one of the authors of the project and has acquired a great deal of knowledge in the field of research and nutrition of piglets in his role as a senior researcher, as well as in his links with the faculty of veterinary medicine of the ‘University of Ghent. , Belgium.

The family feeding project

The concept of family feeding arose out of a conversation about how a farrowing system can be designed to ensure and encourage the expression of natural behaviors by the sow and her piglets. It aims to improve the post-weaning performance of piglets and reduce the impact of weaning at an early age (in northern Europe this usually happens between 3 and 4 weeks).

In his conversation with Dr Bradley, he highlights the housing system designed for the project and talks about the difference between farrowing cages. It also stresses the importance of learning through play and exploration, and notes how the project took into account not only the health, performance and welfare of piglets, but also of sows.

The first episodes of the Real P3 podcast series

Pig progress has released numerous episodes of the Real P3 podcast series, the most recent being:

  • Episode 35: Dr Casey Bradley (United States), Colin Twomey (Ireland), JP Martineau (Canada); Megan Edwards (Vietnam) and Philip van der Brink (Netherlands);
  • Episode 36: David Henman, Australia;
  • Episode 37: Dr Casey Bradley, United States;
  • Episode 38: Francisco Tascón, Colombia;
  • Episode 39: August Offenberg, Netherlands;
  • Episode 40: Jim Eadie, Canada.

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