Blog - Studies
All the latest information about the pig sector, and Rotecna's activities.
Effects on feed administration frequency on lactating sows and piglets
18 of September of 23 - Studies
Albert Pijuan, in his degree thesis, evaluates what effects the frequency of feed administration can have at the production level in sows and piglets.
What benefits does electronic feeding offer us in lactation?
11 of April of 23 - Studies
Improving feed intake with Dositronic M on a farm in Hungary had a positive effect on milk production, with more balanced litters and fewer deaths.
Challenges to successfully face the change towards free maternity
13 of October of 22 - Studies
Different studies have shown that farrowing cages negatively influence the sows' physiology and delivery behaviour.
How to reduce the number of stillbirths with feed?
02 of August of 22 - Studies
In the farm where it has been decided to work with the Dositronic M system in prepartum, it has been possible to reduce stillbirths by 0.4, after five months of use.
Keys to improve feeding management at weaning and fattening
03 of May of 22 - Studies
Before deciding what equipment to install in our facilities, we must take into account that the options for managing feed on farms are very varied and depend on several factors.
Strategies to reduce neonatal mortality of piglets
21 of April of 22 - Studies
It is not accurate to give mortality rates of live births at weaning of about 15% or more.
Keys to feeding gestating sows
10 of January of 22 - Studies
Electronic feeding offers the farmer a set of options to configure a strategy according to the needs of each of his animals.
Benefits of reducing environmental dust on farms
21 of October of 21 - Studies
The presence of dust inside farms poses a threat to the health of animals, so it is necessary to implement solutions to the problem.
Feeding strategies for nursing sows
13 of July of 21 - Studies
The sows must feed a large litter that requires the best nutritional contribution to develop its full growth potential.
D. Babot: "We can do very affordable things to reduce our emissions"
01 of July of 21 - Studies
In November 2020, the 'Guide to minimising gas emissions on swine farms' was published.
How can we manage the water consumption of the sows?
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.
How we should feed the sows in farrowing?
15 of July of 20 - Studies
The intake pattern affects both the total feed intake and the mobilisation of reserves of lactating sows.
Tips and recommendations for handling fattening pigs
25 of June of 20 - Studies
In the regular job of a fattening keeper, both physical and mental tasks must be performed.
How to avoid abnormal behavior in pigs
29 of May of 20 - Studies
Redirected behaviors: normal behaviors and movements that are directed towards a stimulus that is not normal.
Strategies 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.
What are the advantages of working with nests in transition?
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.
Use of electrolyzed 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.
How should we feed 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.
Advantages of feeding piglets 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.
Strategies to combat climate change from 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.
Biosecurity measures to face 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.
Benefits of working with nests in farrowing wards
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.
What savings does the mechanical separation of slurry entail?
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.
How can we maximize feed intake in lactating sows?
07 of October of 19 - Studies
The Feeding Ball, a simple and effective mechanism to minimise the loss of fitness during lactation
Benefits of fertilizing with mechanically separated pig manure
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.
Sanitary 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.
Advantages of the Feeding Ball in the weaning-to-breeding period
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.
Analysis of energy savings 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.