Online Seminar Swine: "The role of gut microbiota on welfare of pigs: where do we stand?"

In the recent weeks we have experienced that online sessions should not last more than 3-4 hours, including a couple of breaks. Therefore, we have decided to split the seminar into 2 consecutive mornings; Wednesday 27 May and Thursday 28 May 2020. Recordings will be available after the seminar in case you can’t participate both mornings or the whole session. 

The gut microbial ecosystem is fundamental in proper nutritional, physiological, and immunological functions of the pig and is of utmost importance to improve feed efficiency, reduce the use of antibiotics and zinc oxide and may reduce damaging behaviours such as tail biting in pigs. The effect on feeding strategies on intestinal health is commonly studied. However, composition and function of a healthy microbial ecosystem have yet to be qualitatively and quantitatively defined to be used as a tool. Furthermore, the microbiota-gut-brain axis (MGBA) plays a big role in welfare: feeding and social behaviour, stress, fear and memory. A better understanding of the influence of the MGBA on welfare is needed to develop innovative feeding strategies that can improve both animal performance, health and welfare.



The costs to attend the seminar are € 486,- excl. BTW (or 3 consultancy hours).


Wednesday 27 May and Thursday 28 May 2020


The seminar will be held online. Before the seminar you will receive information about how to join the seminar.

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