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BERT JANSEN


PHOTO’S: BERT JANSEN


Bird’s-eye view of the Jansberg gestating sow area.


The gestating sows have fresh hay at their disposal.


Sows are moved into the general gestation area after four to five days, which is in line with legislation in the Netherlands.


Looking ahead and investing With his investment of a new gestating sow facility, Janssen has shown clear optimism about the future of his farm in an otherwise fairly complex market. Yes, current prices mean it is good to be a pig producer in Western Europe these days due to African Swine Fever in other parts of the world.


The gestating sows’ tails are only partially cut.


Nevertheless, in the densely populated Netherlands, pig pro- duction is increasingly under pressure. In recent national sur- veys, nitrogen deposition values have been found to be too high and, increasingly, the authorities appear to identify the livestock industry as the number one business to blame for that. In an attempt to reduce the effect of livestock produc- tion on the environment, a nationwide scheme allows pro- ducers to sign up if they are ready to shut their business. It is characteristic of the climate in the Dutch pig industry that over 500 farmers have chosen to sign up.


▶PIG PROGRESS | Volume 36, No. 4, 2020


www.pigprogress.net/ worldofpigs


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