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Project title: Realising the full potential of liquid feeding to reduce the feed cost per kg in pigs

Overview: More than 70% of pigs are fed with liquid feed in Ireland. It is important to optimise the liquid feeding system to reduce the feed cost per kg gain, manage the feed wastage, and use by-products, as the alimentation is an important budget on a pig production unit and liquid feed use is well spread in Ireland. Florence is looking at strategies to improve the feed efficiency and reduce wastage such as the feeding management, the liquid feeding system hygiene and its infrastructure. This aims to propose to the farmers strategies to apply on their farms. 

Florence has a master diploma in engineering science of agriculture (France) and has worked in a nutrition company for a year. She has already participated to a project in Teagasc on the use of probiotics in post-weaning piglets in 2018. She wants to extend her knowledge in the pig production during the four next years.

Main research topics include:

  • Liquid feed system,
  • growing finishing pigs,
  • feed efficiency,
  • feeding management,
  • hygiene,
  • infrastructure

Programme area: Pig development

Supervisors: Peadar Lawlor, John O’Doherty (UCD), Gillian Gardiner (WIT)

Location: Teasgasc, Pig Development Department, Animal & Grassland Research & and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, P61 C996

Funding source: Teagasc