Combining a bioclimatic and a growth model to assess the effect of management practices and building ambiance on growing pig performances at the batch level

Ludovic Brossard et al.,9 Workshop on Modelling Nutrient Digestion and Utilization in Farm Animals,Ubatuba Itamambuca, Brésil, 14 – 16 septembre 2019, poster

Most pigs in the EU are reared in rooms with controlled ambient conditions. Bioclimatic models represent and predict the energy balance and the direct energy consumption at the room level, based on characteristics of the building, management of the climate control tool and average performance of pigs. Available growth models usually simulate performance of animals, including indirect energy (i.e. feed intake), under thermoneutral conditions.