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Afrikaanse varkenspest
Loeffen, W.L.A. - \ 2018
Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research - 1 p.
animal welfare - wild animals - wild pigs - animal production - pigs - animal health - african swine fever
Insecten als voer en voedsel
Veldkamp, T. - \ 2018
Wageningen : Wageningen UR Livestock Research - 2 p.
animal welfare - animal production - poultry - pigs - fish - animal nutrition
Boars with balls
Backus, Ge - \ 2018
animal welfare - animal production - pigs - animal behaviour - animal ethics - animal health - castration
Apparent ileal digestibility of Maillard reaction products in growing pigs
Salazar Villanea, S. - \ 2018
digestibility - Maillard reaction - pigs
Data used for the calculation of apparent digestibility values of Maillard reaction products for each experimental unit
Nieuwe eisen voor varkensstallen
Vermeer, Herman - \ 2018
animal welfare - animal production - pigs - animal housing - animal health
A stochastic bio-economic pig farm model to assess the impact of innovations on farm performance
Ali, B.M. ; Berentsen, P.B.M. ; Bastiaansen, J.W.M. ; Oude Lansink, A. - \ 2018
Animal 12 (2018)4. - ISSN 1751-7311 - p. 819 - 830.
bio-economic model - environmental impact - pigs - profit - stochasticity

Recently developed innovations may improve the economic and environmental sustainability of pig production systems. Generic models are needed to assess the impact of innovations on farm performance. Here we developed a stochastic bio-economic farm model for a typical farrow-to-finish pig farm to assess the impact of innovations on private and social profits. The model accounts for emissions of greenhouse gases from feed production and manure by using the shadow price of CO2, and for stochasticity of economic and biological parameters. The model was applied to assess the impact of using locally produced alternative feed sources (i.e. co-products) in the diets of finishing pigs on private and social profits of a typical Brazilian farrow-to-finish pig farm. Three cases were defined: a reference case (with a standard corn–soybean meal-based finishing diet), a macaúba case (with a macaúba kernel cake-based finishing diet) and a co-products case (with a co-products-based finishing diet). Pigs were assumed to be fed to equal net energy intakes in the three cases. Social profits are 34% to 38% lower than private profits in the three cases. Private and social profits are about 11% and 14% higher for the macaúba case than the reference case, whereas they are 3% and 7% lower for the co-products case, respectively. Environmental costs are higher under the alternative cases than the reference case suggesting that other benefits (e.g. costs and land use) should be considered to utilize co-products. The CV of farm profits is between 75% and 87% in the three cases following from the volatility of prices over time and variations in biological parameters between fattening pigs.

Short communication : insoluble fibres in supplemental pre-weaning diets affect behaviour of suckling piglets
Clouard, C. ; Stokvis, L. ; Bolhuis, J.E. ; Hees, H.M.J. van - \ 2018
Animal 12 (2018)2. - ISSN 1751-7311 - p. 329 - 333.
cellulose - dietary fibre - manipulative behaviours - mastication - pigs
We investigated the effect of offering supplementary dietary fibres to suckling piglets on their behaviour and performance before weaning. From 5 to 22 days of age, suckling piglets were offered a high-fibre diet (HF; 5% cellulose; n=5 litters), or a control low-fibre diet (n=5 litters). Piglets were housed with the sows in individual farrowing pens, and had access to maternal milk until weaning, at 23 days of age. Behaviours of six focal piglets per pen were scored at 6, 16 and 21 days of age. All piglets were individually weighed at 5, 15 and 20 days of age and feed intake was measured daily at the pen level. Piglets on the HF diet were more active than controls (P=0.05), and spent more time suckling or massaging the udder (P=0.01) and interacting with pen mates (P=0.008). Time spent manipulating pen mates, which may reflect re-directed foraging activity in the absence of substrate, accounted for most of the time spent interacting with pen mates (⩾73% of total time spent interacting). Dietary fibres had no effect on BW and feed intake. In conclusion, inclusion of cellulose in the supplemental diet of suckling piglets affects behaviour, with no deleterious effects on performance before weaning.
De dilemma’s van niet-gecoupeerde staarten
Duteweerd, Theo - \ 2017
Wageningen : Livestock Stories blog, Wageningen University & Research
animal welfare - animal production - pigs - animal health - animal behaviour - legislation - policy
8 gamechangers voor een duurzame productie van gezond en veilig voedsel
Vogelezang, J.V.M. ; Angelino, Steven ; Dubbeldam, Ria - \ 2017
Topsector Agri & Food - 13 p.
animal welfare - animal production - cattle - pigs - poultry - animal ethics - animal housing
Stressvrij omgaan met varkens
Ruis, Markus - \ 2017
animal welfare - animal production - pigs - animal behaviour - animal health - housing - animal housing
Groepskraamhok goed voor de big: Resultaten promotie-onderzoek leiden tot vervolgonderzoek door bedrijfsleven en WUR
Nieuwamerongen, Sofie van; Peet-Schwering, Carola van der - \ 2017
animal welfare - animal health - pigs - piglets - animal production - animal housing

Het groepskraamhok bevordert de bigontwikkeling. Dat concludeert promovendus Sofie van Nieuwamerongen in haar proefschrift. Voor het bedrijfsleven zijn de resultaten van haar promotieonderzoek aanleiding om samen met Wageningen University & Research vervolgonderzoek te doen.

Systems analysis of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae to improve vaccine production
Kamminga, Tjerko - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Vitor Martins dos Santos, co-promotor(en): Peter Schaap; J.J.E. Bijlsma. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463436519 - 152
interdisciplinary research - molecular biology - mycoplasma hyopneumoniae - vaccines - systems biology - systems analysis - pigs - pneumonia - animals - interdisciplinair onderzoek - moleculaire biologie - vaccins - systeembiologie - systeemanalyse - varkens - longontsteking - dieren

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) is a bacterial pathogen that has evolved from a gram-positive ancestor and specifically colonizes the lower respiratory tract of pigs where it causes enzootic pneumonia and plays a major role in the development of respiratory disease in pigs. Whole-cell inactivated vaccines are available that lower the severity of disease and are widely applied in pig industry to prevent clinical signs and improve pig herd health. However, production of these vaccines is challenging because it is not known which bacterial components are needed for protection and complex cultivation media are needed because growth requirements are not completely understood. The aim of this thesis was to understand growth and survival strategies of M. hyopneumoniae during infection, to integrate this knowledge with metabolic modeling under conditions used for vaccine production and apply this knowledge to improve the current production process for M. hyopneumoniae vaccines.

Chapter 1 provides a general introduction into the disease, treatment and prevention methods with a focus on vaccines. I then introduce the characteristics of the M. hyopneumoniae genome, transcriptome and review the current knowledge on infectious mechanisms and the response of the pig to infection and vaccination. Finally, I discuss the challenges related to vaccine production and introduce systems biology tools that will be applied in the thesis. In chapter 2 we define a strategy for risk-based process development of bacterial vaccines which provided the framework for future studies performed during this thesis. We propose to integrate the academic workflow for rational strain design with the industry standard for process design. Systems biology tools, especially genome-scale metabolic models, play an essential role in this strategy because application of these tools reduces process risks and increases process understanding. Therefore, in line with this strategy, we created a manually curated genome-scale metabolic model of M. hyopneumoniae which we applied to dynamically model the cultivation step in the vaccine production process (chapter 3). We found that only 16% of cellular energy in a standard fermentation was used for growth and 84% was used for non-growth associated maintenance. By model-driven experimentation we were able to increase the fraction of cellular energy used for growth by addition of pyruvate to the production medium, and showed in dedicated fermentor experiments that the improved process reached a 2.3 times higher biomass yield. Although the metabolic model helped to increase process yield, it did not allow prediction of a defined cultivation medium without components from porcine origin. Therefore, to better understand the dependency of M. hyopneumoniae on host derived components, we performed a functional comparison of 80 mycoplasma genomes and used multivariate and machine-learning algorithms to relate functional capability to the specific host and niche of mycoplasma species (chapter 4). This analysis allowed us to identify protein domains possibly needed for growth and survival in the pig lung. In addition, we found that protein domains expected to be essential for bacterial growth were not persistently present in mycoplasma genomes suggesting that alternative domain configurations exist that bypass their essentiality. To better understand whether the proteins we identified as possibly important for survival in pigs actually play a role during M. hyopneumoniae infection, we sequenced the bacterial mRNA during infection in chapter 5 and compared the in vivo transcriptome to that of broth grown mycoplasma. We found 22 up-regulated and 30 down-regulated genes during infection (FDR<0.01 and fold change >2LOG2) and identified differentially expressed ncRNAs. In chapter 6 we build upon our mycoplasma basis to further analyse the role of ncRNAs in bacterial genomes. We identified an exponential relationship between the AT content of genomes and the number of ncRNAs and propose that this relation is the result of spurious transcription, which is more likely to occur in AT rich genomes. This hypothesis is further substantiated by showing that spurious transcription demands minimal cellular energy and that overexpression of cis-binding ncRNAs in M. pneumoniae did not influence the level of proteins translated from their overlapping mRNAs. Finally, in chapter 7 I discuss four system strategies, identified in this thesis and derived from recent literature, and discuss how these strategies could be integrated in the metabolic model of M. hyopneumoniae. Lastly, I provide an outlook on the next steps needed for improvement of the production process for M. hyopneumoniae vaccines.

In conclusion, this work provided novel insight in the metabolic capability of M. hyopneumoniae based on the proteome domain content, captured in a genome-scale metabolic model and studied under in vitro and in vivo conditions. Biomass yield of the cultivation step for vaccine production was increased and the basis was laid to further improve the production process for M. hyopneumoniae vaccines using model-based experimentation.

Stadsvarkens als schakel in de circulaire economie
Vijn, M.P. - \ 2017
Ekoland 37 (2017)10. - ISSN 0926-9142 - p. 24 - 25.
varkens - varkenshouderij - stadslandbouw - cradle to cradle - wetgeving - reststromen - voedselveiligheid - varkensvlees - pigs - pig farming - urban agriculture - legislation - residual streams - food safety - pigmeat
Aan welke regelgeving moet je voldoen om varkens in de stad te houden en te voeden met reststromen? Wageningen University & Research heeft hier onderzoek naar gedaan voor de Stichting Stadsvarkens in Ede. Deze stichting heeft als doelstelling het realiseren van een lokale circulaire economie door de inzet van (stads)varkens en de educatie hierover.
Monitoring verduurzaming veehouderij 1.0 : een eerste proeve van een Monitorings-systematiek voor de 15 ambities van de Uitvoeringsagenda Duurzame Veehouderij, met initiële resultaten voor drie diersectoren en een aantal keteninitiatieven
Bos, A.P. ; Puente-Rodríguez, Daniel ; Reijs, Joan W. ; Peet, G.F.V. van der; Groot Koerkamp, Peter W.G. - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Livestock Research (Wageningen Livestock Research rapport 1045) - 113
dierenwelzijn - dierlijke productie - melkvee - varkens - pluimvee - huisvesting, dieren - diergezondheid - diergedrag - animal welfare - animal production - dairy cattle - pigs - poultry - animal housing - animal health - animal behaviour
In 2013, the governance network UDV formulated fifteen ambitions towards a sustainable livestock production. In this way, the UDV’s stakeholders defined the long-term goals of an integrated and sustainable livestock production. To what extent have these 15 ambitions been achieved? And, how substantial is the contribution of supra-legal initiatives to this process? In this report, we present the first elaboration of a monitoring system that enables the visualization of the progress made. Moreover, it also enables comparing the different livestock production systems and creates the basis for a comparison between conventional animal production and supra-legal initiatives. In this concept-report the system is applied initially to the three larger livestock production sectors in the Netherlands (i.e., dairy, pigs, and poultry) and –as far as enough data is available– to four supra-legal initiatives. The system is currently under construction. Particularly because it involves interpretation and a number of value-laden choices that –notwithstanding their current support by arguments and references to the literature– should become shared and supported by (at least) the UDV stakeholders in the near future.
Evaluatie Actieplan Stalbranden 2012-2016
Bokma-Bakker, Martien ; Bokma, Sjoerd ; Ellen, Hilko ; Hagen, René ; Ruijven, Charlotte van - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Livestock Research (Wageningen Livestock Research rapport 1035) - 80
dierenwelzijn - dierlijke productie - diergezondheid - pluimvee - varkens - melkvee - schapen - geiten - paarden - stallen - brand - voorkomen van branden - veiligheid - animal welfare - animal production - animal health - poultry - pigs - dairy cattle - sheep - goats - horses - stalls - fire - fire prevention - safety
Elearning Cursus mens-dier interactie in de varkenshouderij
Ruis, M.A.W. - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Livestock Research - 2 p.
dierenwelzijn - dierlijke productie - varkens - diergedrag - diergezondheid - huisvesting, dieren - varkenshouderij - gedrag - behandeling - animal welfare - animal production - pigs - animal behaviour - animal health - animal housing - pig farming - behaviour - treatment
Hoe ervaart een varken de omgeving? En waarom is het van belang om hierbij stil te staan? Deze cursus richt zich op het belang van een goede mens-dier relatie, waarbij onder andere gekeken wordt naar de manier waarop een varken de wereld ervaart. Dit geeft inzicht in de manier van omgang, met als gevolg minder stress voor dier én mens. Het doel is een win-win situatie; het bevorderen van dierge - zondheid en dierenwelzijn dat onder andere zorgt voor meer werkplezier en meer benutting van het productie potentieel van het varken.
Systeemomschrijving “Plateau 2.0”
Hoofs, Anita - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Livestock Research - 5
dierenwelzijn - varkens - huisvesting, dieren - diergezondheid - diergedrag - animal welfare - pigs - animal housing - animal health - animal behaviour
En varkenshok met plateau is een hok waarin varkens vrij beschikken over twee verblijfsniveaus, één op de begane grond en één op het plateau. Varkens kunnen gemakkelijk het plateau op - en aflopen via een trap. Bij toepassing van een plateau, dat voldoet aan de systeemomschrijving, mag het beschikbare vloeroppervlak van het plateau als beschikbaar vloeroppervlak meegerekend worden.
Simulating pigs : Understanding their motivations, behaviour, welfare and productivity
Boumans, Iris - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Imke de Boer, co-promotor(en): Eddy Bokkers; Gert Jan Hofstede. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463432122 - 200
pigs - pig farming - sustainability - motivation - animal behaviour - behaviour disorders - animal welfare - simulation models - animal production - varkens - varkenshouderij - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - motivatie - diergedrag - gedragsstoornissen - dierenwelzijn - simulatiemodellen - dierlijke productie

The transition towards sustainable pig production systems is receiving increasing attention nowadays. Pig behaviour plays a central role in sustainability, as it is an important indicator for pig welfare and can also affect other sustainability issues. Understanding behaviour and related welfare consequences requires to understand motivations underlying behaviour. The two aims of this thesis were: 1) to assess the use of agent-based modelling for understanding pig behaviour and underlying motivation, and 2) to apply agent-based modelling for increasing our understanding of pig behaviour, and related animal welfare and productivity performance.

We first explored the use of agent-based modelling with tail biting behaviour in pigs as a case study. An agent-based model was developed to understand the causation of tail biting behaviour. Subsequently, we developed a mechanistic and dynamic simulation model to gain more understanding of feeding behaviour and internal (physiological) factors. The model integrates knowledge from physiology and ethology, and combines growth with a behavioural decision model based on motivation. This model included motivations underlying feeding behaviour and various feeding patterns of an individually housed growing pig. To deepen our understanding of mechanisms underlying feeding patterns of pigs within 24 hours, hormonal circadian rhythms were included in the model in a follow-up study. The circadian rhythms of cortisol and melatonin explained the alternans pattern, a small peak of feed intake at the beginning of the day and a larger peak at the end of the day, of feeding in pigs. Next, an agent-based model of feeding and social interaction in commercially group-housed pigs was developed to deepen our understanding of the complex interaction between internal physiological factors and external social factors. Social factors (e.g. competition level and social facilitation) and behavioural strategies (e.g. avoidance and approach) affected social interactions among pigs and feeding behaviour. The causation of variation among pigs was further explored in this model. Pig characteristics were important in various feeding, social interaction and growth patterns in pigs.

In general, agent-based modelling proved to be a useful method to understand animal behaviour and underlying motivations. It contributed to further understanding of tail biting, feeding and social behaviour in pigs. Furthermore, agent-based modelling showed to be a novel method to find and assess behaviours as welfare indicators, and to contribute to understanding trade-offs and synergies between sustainability issues, such as animal welfare and productivity.

Stalboekje Varkens 2016: handboek voor natuurlijke diergezondheidzorg met kruiden en andere natuurproducten : Natuurlijk gezond met kruiden en andere natuurproducten
Groot, Maria ; Asseldonk, Tedje van - \ 2017
IJmuiden : RIKILT Wageningen UR (RIKILT-uitgave 2016.701) - 168
varkens - veehouderij - biologische landbouw - geneeskrachtige kruiden - diervoeding - diergezondheid - dierenwelzijn - dierlijke productie - pigs - livestock farming - organic farming - herbal drugs - animal nutrition - animal health - animal welfare - animal production
Signaalindicatoren bij handhaving van "Open Normen" voor dierenwelzijn : pilot klimaat in varkensstallen
Vermeer, Herman ; Hopster, Hans - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Livestock Research (Wageningen Livestock Research rapport 1017) - 44
dierenwelzijn - dierlijke productie - varkens - huisvesting, dieren - diergedrag - diergezondheid - wetgeving - toezicht - animal welfare - animal production - pigs - animal housing - animal behaviour - animal health - legislation - surveillance
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