Experiment Station "Siljakovacka Dubrava"

Šiljakovačka Dubrava
Experiment Station

The experiment station “Šiljakovačka Dubrava” is located in the forest near Velika Gorica, close to Zagreb. It operates since 2001.  when the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry entrusted Faculty to use abandoned hunting forest for farming wild boars and proclaimed it as a forest with a special purpose intended for scientific research. The aim of experiment station with total surface of 146.60 hectares of fenced oak and hornbeam forest, is primarily scientific research of indigenous Turopolje pig breed in its natural habitat. Research is focused on preservation of the traditional technology of pig farming in open ecosystem (biocenosis of forest and wetland meadows), locally available sources of forage (e.g. feeding with acorns, pasture…), environmental impacts of farming system (pig-forest interaction) and animal welfare. As a partner, “Plemenita Opčina Turopoljska” manages the experiment station, taking care of animal keeping, feeding, recording and health, and maintaining fences and stables. So far the work of experiment station “Šiljakovačka Dubrava” has been related to implementation of several national research projects whose results were published in the scientific and professional publications. The experiment station “Šiljakovačka Dubrava” has implemented a new multidisciplinary research on the Turopolje pig as a part of international TREASURE project funded by European Union within the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

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