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As the world population grows, consumption of meat will also increase. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) shows that the demand for pork has increased from 2006 to 2014 with 14 per cent, despite the fact that more and more people are choosing to eat less meat or to follow a vegetarian diet. Pig farmers will have to work very efficiently in order to meet this rising demand for pork over the coming years.
Changes in pig farming
Pig farming throughout the world is going through significant changes. Public concern about negative environmental effects of pig farming, as well as ethical issues such as animal welfare and medicine use, are gaining importance. In order to cope with these developments, changes in farm set up and management have to be considered, as they may affect the income of the pig farmer. A pig acts the same everywhere. What is different are its housing (open or closed), its accommodation (individual or in groups), its feeding and drinking systems, its feed supply (on-farm produced or from external sources) and the climate. Pigs are constantly showing signals about their health, well-being, and performance.
Retired pig farmers, veterinarians, nutritionists, animal husbandry advisors and teachers, housing specialists and others who have been working in the Dutch pig farming sector and some of them with considerable international working experience are registered as senior experts with PUM. On request these PUM senior experts are ready to assist pig farmers and other actors in the pig farming sector in other countries to efficiently operate their businesses and farms. They are confident with: dentification and registration systems; pig nutrition and pig feed ingredients; handling of boars and artificial insemination; pig breeds and breeding programmes; bio-security, hygiene, disease prevention and vaccination programmes; veterinary services and drug administration; housing -, feeding – and drinking
systems; micro climate systems control; manure processing; conventional and alternative pig farming systems; performance and progeny testing; artificial insemination; practical training and education; business plans; budget planning and finance; costprice calculation; etc.