In 2002 the Pig Plateau was introduced by Wageningen Livestock Research. Evaluation of practice experiences at our Swine Innovation Centre (VIC Sterksel) led to an improved design: Plateau 2.0, e.g. with a collapsible plateau to facilitate easy cleaning.
The two-level pen design for growing-finishing pigs, introduced in 2002, increases the living space by 25 to 40 percent. The extra floor space enables a variety of pen enrichments. The larger living area plus pen enrichments significantly improve the pigs welfare compared to the traditional pen versions.
Evaluation of practice experiences since its introduction led to an improved design: Plateau 2.0, e.g. with a collapsible plateau to facilitate easy cleaning. The Plateau 2.0 design offering optimal living conditions, was created in a close collaboration of the business community, pig farmers, Wageningen Livestock Research, the government and the Animal Protection Association.
Bringing the Pig Plateau to market
Currently over 70 Dutch farmers have constructed a plateau. The two-level design has also been adopted by farmers in Germany, Belgium and Finland.
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