Varkens Innovatie Centrum (VIC)

Kuva: Henk Wildchut

/ Varkens Innovatie Centrum (VIC), Sterksel, August 2012
Lavatory. In the VIC (which translates as Swine Innovation Centre), Wageningen University is working with trade and industry on innovations in pig husbandry. Research on Pigsy, a toilet for pigs, began in 2012. Its development was informed by the pig’s natural behaviour. A pig usually looks first for a place to sleep and then – at a comparatively great distance away – a place to defecate. The research focuses on stimulating and facilitating this natural behaviour as much as possible within the confines of a standard company. Piglets are trained early on to relieve themselves in a special corner of the shed.A major advantage is that the faeces can be collected at a single central place and removed in a shorter time. This lowers the level of ammonia emissions in the shed, the advantage for the farmer being that there is no further need for air washers