International Pig Management

International Pig Management

Field of interest
Animal sciences
Field of interest
Field of interest
Food sciences
Education type
Exchange programme
5 months

According to a Dutch proverb, choosy pigs will not grow fat. In our exchange programme International Pig Management you will most likely learn otherwise. You will be prepared to choose wisely, make tough decisions and create solutions that deliver profitable returns for your own pig farm or those of your clients. This is a hands-on programme that involves practical training, in which you will write and present an advisory report to an actual pig farm owner.

Why this programme?

  • Learn how to advise pig farmers on pig nutrition, genetics and health
  • Learn from writing an advisory report for a farmer from the area
  • As an entrepreneur or consultant, you will have the knowledge needed to advise farmers on complex issues
  • Study at one of the renowned agricultural universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands in the field of entrepreneurship
  • Location: Dronten
  • Education type: Exchange programme
  • Duration: 1 semester (6 months), full-time
  • Language: English
  • Number of credits: 26 ECTS
  • Start date: 5 September 2022
  • Application deadline: 10 March 2022

More information

  • This programme is made up of 2 modules. In both modules you will have practical training in giving advice to farmers when you write an advisory report and present this in an advisory meeting to an actual farmer.

    Module 1: Advisor Pig Production

    In this first module, you will learn how to act as a consultant or advisor in the pig farming sector. This includes communication with farmers, gathering farm data, analyzing this data and the formulation of advice that is consistent with farmers’ objectives.

    Module 2: International Entrepreneurship

    The decisions that farmers have to make are becoming more and more complex. This is why you will be trained to develop ideas and calculate the economic effects of operational, tactical and strategic options that you have in mind for your farm or those of your clients.

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    • Completion of at least two years of university studies in a related subject relevant to the study programme, in such a way that the resulting combined study pathway is plausible in its entirety.
    • A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognized equivalent, such as the IELTS (level 6.0) or IBT (79).
    • The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of international horticulture and management. Essay writing is part of the admission procedure.
    • Strong motivation for success in the sector.
    • Team spirit and a flexible attitude in an international working environment.
  • On successful completion of the exchange programme International Pig Management, you will be awarded a certificate.

    On completion of this programme, you will be able to:

    • Analyze and optimize a livestock farm in relation to the environment of the farm
    • Acquire projects and give advice
    • Design and execute applied research
    • Inform specific target groups in an interactive way
    • Show corporate social responsibility and introspection
    • Analyze and optimize a pig farm in relation to the actual environmental and social developments
    • Overview the international pig farming sector
    • Develop a strategic business plan
    • Develop products and services and find markets for these products and services
    • Translate and apply actual legislation and political developments to farm management and strategy
    • Inform and give advice to farmers and specific target groups in an interactive way
    • Manage pig farming processes and people in the agricultural production sector

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