Research farms

Looking into every detail of farming

Research farms

Our Global Research Farms are located where there is a centre of knowledge and a technological infrastructure for a specific group of animals. For example, the International Swine Nutrition Centre is located in the Netherlands (thanks to the exceptional reputation of the Netherlands in pig farming), whilst our International Aqua Research Centre is based in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

On our research farms, we perform a variety of feed tests using a wide range of variables. This enables us to accurately determine the exact type of feed and the precise circumstances that will ensure strong, healthy animals and efficient feed conversion.

Aquaculture Research and Development Center in Vietnam

Our dedicated Aquatic R&D Centre in Vietnam provides testing for a large range of aquaculture species. The indoor facilities support extensive feed development trials under controlled conditions. The results are tested and proven in our specially designed outdoor facilities that closely mirror those of an aquaculture farm.

The R&D Centre also functions as a technology lab where customers take part in training programmes and demonstrations to help develop their farming and management practices.

Continuously developing our nutrition and advice

We’re constantly working to help our customers improve their results. Our collaborative, knowledge-driven approach draws on insights from leading partners, including Wageningen University. This knowledge is then channelled to customers through our nutritional products and services.

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Practical research into pig nutrition

Elsenpas is De Heus’ most modern research centre for pig nutrition. It brings together all the knowledge that De Heus has acquired worldwide in cooperation with its pig farming customers and knowledge institutes. The research centre functions as a conventional, modern farm with sows, piglets and fatteners. Imitating the real world under controlled conditions is a prerequisite for thorough research. The set-up of the research farm enables De Heus to conduct unique nutritional research into all animal groups and across the various animal groups for which long-term effects can also be determined.

Supporting farmers worldwide

Around the world, farms are drawing on our specialists’ deep understanding of nutrition and raw materials. With our well-developed logistics networks, we’re able to support farmers and feed specialists quickly and efficiently, wherever they are.

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Poultry R&D centres

As de Heus has a strong position worldwide in feeding poultry, De Heus is committed to invest a lot in poultry research. With the aim to help farmers answering their local challenges and within that work on a sustainable increase of farmer’s technical results and the increase of animal welfare.

De Heus operates 4 Poultry R&D centres. All strategically chosen to meet local needs. De Heus focuses in their Poultry Research centres mainly on the practical impact for the farmers, so we organize research trails to gain applicable knowledge. All based on practical issues faced by our customers.

Two of the De Heus R&D centers are located in The Netherlands (one specific for Broiler Research and one for Layer and Breeder Research), Poland (for Broiler and Turkey Research) and in Vinh Long, Vietnam (for Layer- and Broiler Research).

Farmers worldwide share their success stories

Farmers all over the world are benefitting from our expertise in animal feed. Hear about their path to success.