Energy intake based on body condition differs greatly from the energy adult sows require. Moreover, the NRC clearly overestimates the sows' maintenance requirements.
Born in 1977, in Vic (Osona), Barcelona, Spain. He completed his Agricultural Technical Engineering specialized in Agriculture and Food Industries in 2001 at the Polytechnic School, University of Vic. Thereafter, he continued his studies in Agricultural Engineering, profile in animal production at the Higher Technical School of Agrarian Engineering of Lleida which he completed in 2003. After taking an animal production training plan, in 2005, he accomplished his master degree in animal production at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. At the same time, since 2003 until 2007 he was working at IRTA where he developed a project within the IRTA-Lucta UM to study several aspects affecting feed acceptability and feed ingredient preferences in swine. This work was the basis his thesis submitted to obtain a PhD in Animal Nutrition at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2008.
After finishing his PhD degree started as researcher and Technical Director of the Servei de Nutrició d’Animals Monogastrics (SNAM) at the UAB. From 2009 until now he has been working as researcher in non-ruminant nutrition (swine and poultry) at the Servei de Nutrició i Benestar Animal (SNiBA) of the Departament de Ciència Animal i dels Aliments at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where he has been developing several private and public founding projects between the university and various companies.
Research Interests: Sensorial perception and their role on food/feed intake regulation taking into account the interactions between food/feed, gut (as post-ingestive effects) and brain, feeding status, nutrient restriction, and gut hormones and taste receptors. Moreover, his main research area is swine nutrition and pig peformance mainly in lactating sows and weanling pigs.
Research methodologies/strategies: Feed preferences, digestive process, and nutrient absorption and gut hormones.
Updated CV 25-Sep-2013
Various strategies are discussed: offering up to 3 different types of feed, budget feeding, density of piglets per feeder space, ...
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Growth curves as a tool to help manage weight variability among pigs.
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