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See detailEffets des fibres et du type de sol sur les émissions de gaz à effet de serre et d'ammoniac associées à l’élevage de truies
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Laitat, Martine ULg; Wavreille, José et al

in 44èmes Journées de la Recherche Porcine (2012)

A study was carried out to investigate the effect of dietary fibre content (23% of non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) with a standard diet based on cereals vs. 44% of NSP with a fibrous diet based on sugar ... [more ▼]

A study was carried out to investigate the effect of dietary fibre content (23% of non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) with a standard diet based on cereals vs. 44% of NSP with a fibrous diet based on sugar beet pulp) and the floor type (slatted floor vs. straw-based deep litter) on emissions of ammonia (NH3), nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4) and CO2-equivalents (Eq-CO2). Six successive batches of 10 gestating sows were divided into 2 groups kept in 2 experimental rooms differing by the floor type. The standard diet was administered to the sows of the first 3 batches, the fibrous diet to the sows of the next 3 batches. Emissions were measured by infra-red photoacoustic detection. With the slatted floor, the fibrous diet decreased NH3 emission (12.0 vs. 15.5 g sow-1.d-1) but increased the Eq-CO2 emissions (0.69 vs. 0.57 kg sow-1.d-1) in relation to an increase of CH4 emissions (18.4 vs. 12.8 g sow-1.d-1), the N2O emissions not being impacted by the diet, with value around 0.62 g sow-1.d-1. With the straw-bedded floor, the fibrous diet increased the emissions of NH3 (12.3 vs. 9.2 g sow-1.d-1) and CH4 (14.6 vs. 9.6 g sow-1.d-1) but decreased N2O emissions (0.99 vs. 1.64 g/ sow-1.d-1) with the consequence that Eq-CO2 emissions were similar for the two diets, around 0.74 kg sow-1.d-1. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of dietary fibres on greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions associated to gestating sows
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Laitat, Martine ULg; Wavreille, José et al

in Cabaraux, Jean-François; Delguste, Catherine; Frippiat, thibault (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 1st Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Liège – Belgium) (2011)

Usually, gestating sows are restrictedly-fed to prevent excessive body weight gain and fat deposition. However, feed restriction causes sustained feeding motivation resulting in stereotypic behaviour and ... [more ▼]

Usually, gestating sows are restrictedly-fed to prevent excessive body weight gain and fat deposition. However, feed restriction causes sustained feeding motivation resulting in stereotypic behaviour and impairment of animal welfare. High fibre diets (HFD) are known to reduce feeding motivation without impairments of performance but the effects of HFD on emissions of pollutant gases are very few studied. Thus, a study was carried out to compare the effect of two fibre contents (standard diet (STD) with 22% of non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) vs. HFD with 44% of NSP) on emissions of ammonia (E-NH3), nitrous oxide (E-N2O), methane (E-CH4) and CO2-equivalents (E-EqCO2) associated to gestating sows. Three successive batches of 10 gestating sows were divided into 2 homogeneous groups and randomly allocated to one of two treatments: STD vs. HFD. The groups were kept separately in two identical rooms equipped with a pen divided into a lying area with slatted floor and five individual feeding stalls with permanent access. Emissions were measured by infrared photoacoustic detection. The HFD significantly decreased ENH3 (12.1 vs. 15.9 g/sow.day) but increased E-EqCO2 (0.68 vs. 0.47 kg/sow.day) in relation with an increase of E-CH4 (18.4 vs. 9.1 g/sow.day), E-N2O being not impacted by the diet, with value around 0.60 g/sow.day. So, the effects of HFD offered to gestating sows on slatted floor on environment seem conflicting with a decrease of NH3 emissions which mainly contribute to acidification of soils and waters and eutrophication, but an increase of CO2-quivalents emissions which contribute to greenhouse effect and climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailAmmonia and greenhouse gas emission from group-housed gestating sows depends on floor type
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Laitat, Martine ULg; Wavreille, José et al

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2011), 140

The ban by 2013 in the EU of individual accommodations for gestating sows and the renewed interest for litter systems could promote in the future the group-housing of gestating sows on litter. But what ... [more ▼]

The ban by 2013 in the EU of individual accommodations for gestating sows and the renewed interest for litter systems could promote in the future the group-housing of gestating sows on litter. But what are the environmental impacts of this rearing technique? To answer this question, a study was scheduled to quantify pollutant gas emissions (nitrous oxide -N2O-, methane -CH4-, carbon dioxide -CO2- and ammonia -NH3-) according to floor type in the raising of group-housed gestating sows. The trial was carried out in experimental rooms located at Liège University (Belgium). Three successive batches of 10 gestating sows were used for this trial. Each batch was divided into 2 homogeneous groups randomly allocated to one of two treatments: concrete slatted floor or straw-based deep litter. The groups were kept separately in two identical rooms equipped with a pen divided into a lying area (slatted floor or deep litter) and five individual feeding stalls. The feeding stalls were equipped with front feeding troughs and rear gates preventing access to the stalls outside of the feeding time. Between each batch of sows, the pens were cleaned. In both rooms, ventilation was automatically adapted to maintain a constant ambient temperature. The gas emissions were measured 3 times (weeks 2, 5 and 8 of stay) during 6 consecutive days by infra red photoacoustic detection. Sow performance (body weight gain, backfat thickness, number and weight of piglets) was not significantly affected by floor type. With sows kept on slatted floor, gaseous emissions were significantly greater for NH3 (12.77 vs. 9.05 g d-1 sow-1; P<0.001) and CH4 (10.12 vs. 9.20 g d-1 sow-1; P<0.01), and significantly lower for N2O (0.47 vs. 2.27 g d-1 sow-1; P<0.001), CO2 equivalents (0.44 vs. 0.94 kg d-1 sow-1; P<0.001) and CO2 (2.41 vs. 2.83 kg d-1 sow-1; P<0.001) compared to sows housed on straw-based deep litter. There was no significant difference for water vapour emissions (3.25 vs. 3.21 kg d-1 sow-1; P>0.05). In conclusion, the main environmental disadvantage of the deep litter system pointed to in this study was the greater N2O-emissions and thus greater CO2eq-emissions compared to slatted floor. However, the use of deep litter was related to reduced NH3- and CH4-emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of growth development and age at first calving on first lactation yield in Holstein dairy cows
Picron, Pascale ULg; Froidmont, Eric; Turlot, Amélie et al

Poster (2010, August)

In a context of economic constraints, reducing the herd replacement costs represents a way to improve the economic efficiency of the dairy sector. Studies reported that heifers calving between 23 and 24.5 ... [more ▼]

In a context of economic constraints, reducing the herd replacement costs represents a way to improve the economic efficiency of the dairy sector. Studies reported that heifers calving between 23 and 24.5 mo of age achieved the highest economic return. However, the heifer has to be well developed to guarantee milk performance, calving ease and low stillbirth rate. Monitoring growth, by Heart Girth (HG) measurements, constitute a convenient way to evaluate the feasibility to inseminate heifers early. The aim of this study was to analyse the relationship between HG, age at first calving and milk production at first lactation. HG measurements of 704 Walloon (Belgium) Prim Holstein heifers have been recorded, every 3 months, during 2 years (2006 – 2008). The impact of development, at key-ages (from 3 to 24 mo, every 3 mo), on age at first calving and first lactation yield, was determined using analysis of variance. Mean total milk production in February 2010 (n = 319) rose to 7686 ± 1388 l/365 days of lactation, for a mean age at first calving (n = 421) of 27.4 ± 3.5 mo. These preliminary results suggest a positive correlation between growth performances and first calving age. Heifers with a better conformation (HG > 2.5 % of the French reference) calved significantly earlier than smaller animals. For instance, a lack of conformation at 15 mo implied a delay at first calving of 4.1 mo of age. HG measurement should therefore constitute a preferential tool of management of heifers herd. First lactation yield was significantly higher (950 l/365 d) for heifers calving older (> 30 mo) comparatively to early calving animals (24 mo). These results do not correspond to those related to larger samples in Wallonia. No significant relation could state, at this time, a direct relation between growth development and first lactation yield. Lactation data are still collected to complete this study. [less ▲]

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See detailEffets de la surface disponible et du type de sol sur les émissions gazeuses lors de l’élevage de truies gestantes
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Canart, Bernard et al

in 42èmes Journées de la Recherche Porcine (2010)

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See detailInfluence Lianol Solapro on sow colostrums production
Wavreille, José; Planchon, Viviane; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in 21 Inter. Pig Vet Society Congress (2010)

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See detailInfluence on fertility of Lianol Solapro incorporation in lactation diet
Wavreille, José; Planchon, Viviane; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in 21 Inter. Pig Vet Society Congress (2010)

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See detailEffet d’un produit fermenté de pomme de terre dans l’aliment de la truie en maternité sur les performances des truies et des porcelets allaités
Wavreille, José; Planchon, Viviane; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in 42 Journée en recherche porcine (2010)

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See detailInfluence of Lianol Solapro on sow milk production and piglet weight gain
Wavreille, José; Planchon, Viviane; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in 21 Inter. Pig Vet Society Congress (2010)

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See detailEffects of available surface on gaseous emissions from group-housed gestating sows kept on deep litter
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Canart, Bernard; Laitat, Martine ULg et al

in Animal (2010), 4(10), 1716-1724

In the European Union, the group-housed pregnant sows have to have a minimal legal available area of 2.25m²/sow. However, it has been observed that an increased space allowance reduces agonistic behaviour ... [more ▼]

In the European Union, the group-housed pregnant sows have to have a minimal legal available area of 2.25m²/sow. However, it has been observed that an increased space allowance reduces agonistic behaviour and consecutive wounds and thus induces better welfare conditions. But, what about the environmental impacts of this greater available area? Therefore, the aim of this study was to quantify pollutant gases emissions (nitrous oxide, N2O, methane, CH4, carbon dioxide, CO2 and ammonia, NH3), according to the space allowance in the raising of gestating sows group-housed on a straw-based deep litter. Four successive batches of 10 gestating sows were each divided into two homogeneous groups and randomly allocated to a treatment: 2.5 v. 3.0m²/sow. The groups were separately kept in two identical rooms. A restricted conventional cereals based diet was provided once a day in individual feeding stalls available only during the feeding time. Rooms were automatically ventilated. The gas emissions were measured by infra red photoacoustic detection during six consecutive days at the 6th, 9th and 12th weeks of gestation. Sows performance (body weight gain, backfat thickness, number and weight of piglets) was not significantly different according to the space allowance. In the room with 3.0m²/sow and compared with the room with 2.5m²/sow, gaseous emissions were significantly greater for NH3 (6.29 v. 5.37 g NH3-N/day per sow; P<0.01) and significantly lower for N2O (1.78 v. 2.48 g N2O-N/day per sow; P<0.01), CH4 (10.15 v. 15.21 g/day per sow; P<0.001), CO2 equivalents (1.11 v. 1.55 kg/day per sow; P<0.001), CO2 (2.12 v. 2.41 kg/day per sow; P,0<001) and H2O (3.10 v. 3.68 kg/day per sow; P<0.001). In conclusion, an increase of the available area for group-housed gestating sow kept on straw-based deep litter seems to be ambiguous on an environmental impacts point of view. Compared with a conventional and legal available area, it favoured NH3 emissions, probably due to an increased emitting surface. However, about greenhouse gases, it decreased N2O, CH4 and CO2 emissions, probably due to reduced anaerobic conditions required for their synthesis, and led to a reduction of CO2 equivalents emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailGaseous emissions from group-housed gestating sows kept on deep litter and offered an ad libitum high-fibre diet
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Canart, Bernard; Laitat, Martine ULg et al

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2009), 132

Gaseous emissions from agriculture contribute to a number of environmental effects. Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are greenhouse gases taking part in the global problem of ... [more ▼]

Gaseous emissions from agriculture contribute to a number of environmental effects. Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are greenhouse gases taking part in the global problem of climate change. Ammonia (NH3) emissions are responsible of soil and water acidification and eutrophication and contribute also to indirect emissions of N2O. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of a high-fibre diet offered ad libitum to gestating sows on gaseous emissions (NH3, N2O, CH4, CO2 and water vapour (H2O)). Four successive batches of 10 gestating sows were used for this trial. Each batch was divided into 2 homogeneous groups randomly allocated to a treatment: restricted conventional cereals based diet or high-fibre diet based on sugar beet pulp (42%). The groups were separately kept in two identical rooms equipped with a straw-bedded pen of 12.6 m². For restricted sows, meals were provided once a day in individual feeding stalls available only during the feeding time. In both rooms, ventilation was automatically adapted to maintain a constant ambient temperature. The gas emissions were measured by infrared photoacoustic detection during 6 consecutive days at the 6th, 9th and 12th weeks of gestation. Sows performance (body weight gain, backfat thickness, number and weight of piglets) was not significantly different according to the diet. With sows offered high-fibre diet and compared to sows offered restricted diet, gaseous emissions were significantly greater for NH3 (9.64 g NH3-N d-1 sow-1 vs. 5.37 g NH3-N d-1 sow-1; P < 0.001), CH4 (17.20 g d-1 sow-1 vs. 15.21 g d-1 sow-1; P < 0.01), CO2 (3.00 kg d-1 sow-1 vs. 2.41 kg d-1 sow-1; P < 0.001) and H2O (4.71 kg d-1 sow-1 vs. 3.68 kg d-1 sow-1; P < 0.001) and significantly lower for N2O (0.97 g N2O-N d-1 sow-1 vs. 2.48 g N2O-N d-1 sow-1; P < 0.001) and CO2 equivalents (0.88 kg d-1 sow-1 vs. 1.55 kg d-1 sow-1; P < 0.001). In conclusion, the effects of high-fibre diet offered to gestating sows on deep litter on environment seem ambiguous with an increase of NH3 emissions but a decrease of N2O and CO2 equivalent emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailProduit de pomme de terre fermenté comme complément dans l’aliment de la truie en maternité. Effet sur les performances des truies et des porcelets allaités
Wavreille, José; Renaville, Robert ULg; Forier, Rudi et al

in 9ème Journée Productions porcines et avicoles (2009)

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See detailGaseous emissions associated to a high-fibre diet fed to gestating sows group-housed on deep litter
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Canart, B.; Laitat, Martine ULg et al

in Proceeding of the XIV ISAH Congress (2009)

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See detailDifferent concepts of animal welfare and stakeholders arguments
Bartiaux-Thill, Nicole; Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Lamine, Claire et al

Poster (2008, September 11)

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See detailEtude comparative des performances de production laitiere de brebis de race Mouton Laitier Belge avec celles de brebis de race Lacaune.
Gillon, Alain ULg; Rondia, Pierre; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in 14ièmes Recontres Recherches Ruminants, Paris, les 5 et 6 Décembre 2007 (2007, December)

La Wallonie compte une dizaine de producteurs de lait de brebis avec un cheptel variant de 30 à 250 individus par exploitation, pour la plupart de race « Mouton Laitier Belge » (MLB). Il s’agit d’un ... [more ▼]

La Wallonie compte une dizaine de producteurs de lait de brebis avec un cheptel variant de 30 à 250 individus par exploitation, pour la plupart de race « Mouton Laitier Belge » (MLB). Il s’agit d’un animal de type exclusivement laitier qui s’apparente fortement au mouton laitier frison dont l’effectif s’élève à un millier de têtes. La présence simultanée de brebis Lacaune (LAC) et de brebis MLB sur une même exploitation a permis la comparaison de leurs performances respectives grâce à une maîtrise du facteur « mode de conduite ». L’effectif restreint des populations étudiées constitue une limite à une extrapolation des résultats à l’ensemble des individus des races concernées mais donne néanmoins une certaine indication de leur potentiel de production respectif en région wallonne. [less ▲]

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See detailFormulation d'un additif alimentaire contenant les premiers acides aminés limitants chez le taurillon BBBc nourri avec de l'ensilage de maïs : quelle incidence sur ses performances zootechniques
Rondia, Pierre; Froimont, Eric; Decruyenaere, Virginie et al

in CRA-W; FUSAG (Eds.) 12ème Carrefour des productions animales, "Le marché de la viande bovine : enjeux et perspectives" (2007, January 24)

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See detailOptimalisation de la valeur nutritionnelle de la graine de lupin pour les bovins
Froidmont, Eric; Bonnet, Maxime; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in CRA-W; FUSAGx (Eds.) 12ème Carrefour des productions animales, "Le marché de la viande bovine : enjeux et perspectives" (2007, January 24)

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See detailEleveurs et consommateurs, que pensent-ils de l'élevage
Bartiaux-Thill, Nicole; Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Lamine, Claire et al

Article for general public (2007)

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