August 26, 2019
ICC Brazil partners with swine farm for research
To demonstrate the effectiveness of animal nutrition products in practice, ICC Brazil has partnered with a commercial swine farm located in the countryside of São Paulo, in Leme.
"This partnership will allow ICC to carry out even more advanced scientific research related to their products. This is quite important since experiments carried out under actual field conditions improve the reliability of experiment results," says National Sales Manager at ICC Brazil, Ricardo Barbalho.
The farm has about 1,700 swine and three installations for the nursery phase: the first has 48 stalls, and the other two has 50 stalls each. The farm also has maternity installations, as well as facilities for growing and termination phases, its own feed manufacturing plant and silos to distribute feed to the nursery installations. The automated feeding equipment installed on the farm allows for simultaneous experiments and the use/evaluation of different diets.
"This equipment feeds up to 120 stalls, and we can accurately have up to four dietary treatments in different phases. This will be important for research within ICC, precisely to have an environment that simulates all commercial challenges of the field, and to have a large number of animals in each experiment," explains R&D Manager at ICC Brazil, Melina Bonato.
ICC Brazil invests R$1.5 million (~US$0.36 million) in research and development of new solutions for animal nutrition per year and is expanding its staff of researchers and technicians to enlarge its product line. The company has also partnered up with universities in Brazil and abroad to prove the effectiveness of each item and confer credibility and reliability to the studies and experiments performed.