Improving the well-being of nursery piglets by optimizing ambient conditions in the Quebec climate: a pilot project


Status:
Ongoing

 

Expertise:
Building and livestock management

Aim / objectives:
Improving the well-being of piglets in the nursery by optimizing winter and summer conditions.

More specifically:
  • Monitor the ambient conditions in the nursery in order to better understand the differences between the seasons (especially in terms of gases, relative humidity, dust and the impact of drafts) and to validate an optimized ventilation strategy;
  • In summer, validate the impact of the optimized ventilation strategy and air recirculation on the comfort of the piglets and on zootechnical performances (feed conversion (CA) and average daily gain (GMQ));
  • In winter, validate the impact of the optimized ventilation strategy taking into account temperature, humidity and, above all, gases on the comfort of the piglets and thereby on the zootechnical performances (CA and GMQ);
  • Evaluate the technical and economic impacts of the optimized ventilation strategy in the nursery (calculation of the economic advantage of the optimized summer ventilation strategy and calculation of the economic advantage of the optimized winter ventilation strategy);
  • Disseminate the results of the impacts of optimizing the ventilation strategy in the nursery to the entire Quebec pork sector.

Collaborators:
Christopher Robitaille, employés de ferme, installateurs et camionneurs) (Groupe Robitaille); Programmeurs, installateurs etdéveloppeurs (Maximus)
Project Cost:
$424,144
Funding Partners:
Financial support for this project has been provided through the Programme de développement sectoriel within the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, an agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec, Groupe Robitaille, Maximus and le Centre de développement du porc du Québec.
Timescale:
February 2020 to February 2023
Project Manager:
Sébastien Turcotte
CDPQ Team:
Patrick Gagnon, Geneviève Berthiaume, chargés de projet