Advanced training for veterinary doctors at AGRAVIS: Focusing on pig health
AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG invited veterinary doctors to two courses of advanced training. On 1 July, AGRAVIS organised a joint advanced training course on Practical Management of Pigs in cooperation with Erzeugerring Westfalen, the Westfalen-Lippe Federal Association of Practicing Veterinary Doctors (bpt) and the Westfalen-Lippe Veterinary Doctors Chamber in Münster, Germany. More than 100 veterinary doctors got information on current topics.
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- A total of eight experts talked about a wide range of topics concerning pig health.
This course had well-known experts in this field who travelled from Holland and France specifically for this course of advanced training. Dr Age W. Jongbloed from Wageningen, Holland presented his research findings for providing pigs with the required phosphorous.
Feeding strategies at AGRAVIS
With an eye on the upcoming reform of the fertiliser directive, AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG is offering feed concepts with further reduced phosphorous content, with which the nutrient proportion in pig-rearing can be reduced. As with plant-based active ingredients in piglet feed, animal health can be positively supported, explains veterinary DVM Robert Fabrice from Janzé (France). AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG has implemented this in its new piglet feed concepts. Georg Freisfeld from Erzeugerring Westfalen e.G. explained the possible methods for increasing animal welfare in pig-rearing in conjunction with the animal welfare initiative. The risks of African Swine Fever (ASF) were then discussed by various speakers.
Bernhard Walgern, the product manager for pigs at AGRAVIS, organised this event together with Alexandra Grimm who is the product manager for sows and piglets. He had the following to say: "The individual jobs at an agricultural operation are increasingly interconnected. And since veterinary doctors are also advisers, we want to discuss technical matters with them to provide joint support for breeders in future".
Boosting animal well-being in pig keeping
On 2 July, speakers and guests from the Weser-Ems region met up in Friesoythe. Jun. Prof. Dr. Christian Visscher from the Veterinary University Hanover, also reported on how feed can contribute to reducing salmonella infections. In addition, Dr. Peter Rösmann from AGRAVIS Product Management explained how the increase in animal welfare in pig-rearing can be realised simply and uncomplicatedly in practice. In his presentation, he underlined the fact that pig farmers have to be provided with tried-and-tested, economical solutions in order to optimise the welfare conditions. As an example he named the organic manipulable material Crystalyx Piglyx from AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, which has been proven as a permanent distraction for pigs in enclosures without bedding.