Blog - Studies


All the latest information about the pig sector, and Rotecna's activities.

Technical study
Water-feed, a well-designed relationship?

Water-feed, a well-designed relationship?

16 of February of 21 - Studies

An electro-valve to offer water depending on the feed dispensed and an at-will water supply system outside the feeder are an excellent option.


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Keys to maternity feeding

Keys to maternity feeding

15 of July of 20 - Studies

The intake pattern affects both the total feed intake and the mobilisation of reserves of lactating sows.  


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Work routines in handling pigs

Work routines in handling pigs

25 of June of 20 - Studies

In the regular job of a fattening keeper, both physical and mental tasks must be performed.


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Abnormal behaviors in pigs: Why?

Abnormal behaviors in pigs: Why?

29 of May of 20 - Studies

Redirected behaviors: normal behaviors and movements that are directed towards a stimulus that is not normal.


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How to reduce the environmental impact of slurry though feeding

How to reduce the environmental impact of slurry though feeding

19 of May of 20 - Studies

We can achieve a reduction of 40-50% in nitrogen and 25% in phosphorus through feed.


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The benefits of working with two transitional climates

The benefits of working with two transitional climates

14 of April of 20 - Studies

The inclusion of a nest in the weaning pens reduces these shortcomings because it allows us to create a thermal comfort space, free from draughts and with the ideal temperature for the piglets to grow satisfactorily.


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Efficacy of electrolysed water as a sanitising agent in pig production

Efficacy of electrolysed water as a sanitising agent in pig production

11 of February of 20 - Studies

The intake of electrolysed water has interesting effects on animal health, such as improvements in intestinal problems and reduced mortality, among others.


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Feed bases for piglets in transition

Feed bases for piglets in transition

21 of January of 20 - Studies

The transition diet must always be gradual and gentle, to facilitate the difficulty in adapting and the development of the digestive and immune systems. Changing from milk, whose energy and protein values are of great biological value, to feed in which carbohydrates are the main source of energy, is by no means an easy task.


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Piglet feeding management with dry lactoinitiator feed

Piglet feeding management with dry lactoinitiator feed

09 of January of 20 - Studies

The objective of applying creep feeding techniques (supplementing the food of suckling piglets with feed), is to get them to start eating solid feed as soon as possible. This will produce more homogeneous piglets with higher weights, and most important, that can better adapt to the delicate weaning phase.


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How can we fight climate change on our farms?

How can we fight climate change on our farms?

11 of December of 19 - Studies

The impact of climate change is accentuated and threatens to mortgage the health of children. Every day we are increasingly aware of the importance of taking steps to conserve and improve the environment. We only have one planet and we must guarantee that future generations can live on it.


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Biosecurity, a tool that prevents health threats

Biosecurity, a tool that prevents health threats

21 of November of 19 - Studies

The Spanish pig farming sector is probably one of the most relevant in the national and international market, due to the quality and variety of its products, and the important benefits it brings. Nonetheless, pig farming must face different threats and challenges. Carlos Sánchez, veterinarian of the Animal Health Prevention Service of the Generalitat de Catalunya, tells us about these challenges and threats.


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Work on nests in farrowing pens

Work on nests in farrowing pens

19 of November of 19 - Studies

Nests permit the establishment of a comfortable area that ensures the well-being of the piglets while also creating a space that makes it easier for the operators to tend to the newborn.


Technical study
Economic benefits of mechanical slurry separation

Economic benefits of mechanical slurry separation

05 of November of 19 - Studies

The comparative analyses between the initial slurry compared to the liquid and solid phases segregated during the operation analysed, show the advantages offered by mechanical separation as it improves the application and fertilising qualities of the slurry. Besides, it has economic benefits that make the separator an excellent investment.


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How to maximise the consumption of sows in farrowing

How to maximise the consumption of sows in farrowing

07 of October of 19 - Studies

The Feeding Ball, a simple and effective mechanism to minimise the loss of fitness during lactation


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Advantages of fertilization with mechanically separated pig slurry

Advantages of fertilization with mechanically separated pig slurry

15 of July of 19 - Studies

To use pig slurry as fertiliser, we must know its nutritional composition, the value and fertiliser efficiency of each of them, the specific needs of each crop in each of its growth phases and its productivity per hectare. This will allow us to calculate the dose and application period to adjust the supply of nutrients to their extraction, after which, we must use an application method to ensure a homogeneous distribution.


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Study: Sanitary and economic differences between polypropylene and concrete panels

Study: Sanitary and economic differences between polypropylene and concrete panels

29 of August of 18 - Studies

One aspect that contributes to the improvement of animal health and decreases environmental impact is the materials that are used inside the farm. This comparative study will demonstrate how polypropylene panels decrease the consumption of cleaning water by 46.5%, and therefore also production of pig manure, in comparison to concrete panels; require 21.5% less time for cleaning and, most importantly, carry a much lower microbiological burden once cleaned and disinfected.


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The Feeding Ball, an alternative feeding method for weaning-breeding

The Feeding Ball, an alternative feeding method for weaning-breeding

29 of August of 18 - Studies

Feeding plays a very important role in the period between the day sows are weaned and when they start breeding. That's why experts recommend ad-libitum feeding (known as flushing), to achieve good follicular development, which will produce a greater quantity and quality of oocytes and will obtain more numerous and more homogeneous litters. A possible solution is to use the Feeding Ball as a mechanism for individual and ad libitum feeding in this phase.


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Energy saving study in farrowing

Energy saving study in farrowing

29 of August of 18 - Studies

The use of the Rotecna Ni-2 in farrowing provides piglets with the perfect environment all year round. This ensures that the generated calories are concentrated in a limited space for the piglets, without the need to increase the ambient temperature in the barn. This method creates energy savings in heating of between 30% and 40%, depending on how farrowing pens are organised.


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