The pig innovation centre in Sterksel, part of Wageningen UR, has started to use the new Starplus pig barn. The barn, which has a free-range area for pigs, is energy neutral and environment-friendly.
The test centre will now monitor the new barn to see if it lives up to its sustainability claims. This will include measuring the yield of the manure fermentation set-up located at the barn. Sterksel revealed last week that pig manure fermented in the other decomposers at the experimental farm is not cost-effective The major reason is that the manure cannot be brought to a decomposer within one day, resulting in a huge loss in gas production. Since the Starplus barn decomposer will be fed with fresh manure, the applied researchers expect to get more yield.