The research station provides facilities for up to 70sows and their followers. A waiting stable for sows in-pigs, a farrowing house, a group suckling house, a pig rearing house and a fattening house allow research under practical conditions. The sows are a criss-crossbreeding of Norwegian Large White and Norwegian Landrace. The breeding boars are either Pietrain.
The pigs are fed with 100% Organic feed which is mainly produced on the research station. Depending on animal group and design of experiments they get pelleted feed along with clover grass silage. During summer the in-pig sows are on a clover grass pasture within the 6 year crop rotation of the stations pig section. There the sows have huts and mud baths.
The waiting stable for in-pig sows serves a housing during winter and as service station during summer.
The farrowing house has 20 single farrowing pens each with access to an open yard as well as a heated nest for the piglets.
Two weeks after farrowing the sows build groups of 3 to 6 sows with their piglets in the group suckling house. After 7 weeks the weaned pigs are raised in the pig rearing house and the sows return in the group.
The fattening house was build to raise 80 fattening pigs.
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