Schothorst Feed Research has opened new research facilities for pigs and sows which will allow the company to expand its feed research on technical performances. Topigs has partnered with Schothorst to use the facilities for its own research, and will test its different sow and boar lines.
The two companies plan to expand their capacity for nutritional research, and their interaction between nutrition and genetics will be a structural aspect of the joint research program. The opening of the facilities marks the last stage of a €9 million investment by Schothorst. They will house 350 sows and 3,000 growing/finishing pigs. A separate metabolic unit is established for fundamental, challenge, balance and digestibility experiments.
"We are ready for the future," said Dr. Piet van der Aar, research director of Schothorst. "We are excited about the possibilities that the cooperation with Topigs offers. Our international activities require that we have more expertise about the nutritional requirements of different genetic lines and conditions. We will be better able to advise our customers worldwide based on our own research."