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Friday, March 3, 2017

Floor Space Allowance for Modern Finishing Pigs


 
By Sarah Schieck, UMN Swine Extension Educator



Researchers from the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and University of Missouri completed a research project evaluating floor space allowances for modern finishing pigs. The main question their research sought to answer is “if old floor space allowances still apply for modern production scenarios?” To answer this question, two experiments were conducted. The main objective of Study 1 was to determine the effects of floor space allowance on growth performance and welfare of pigs throughout the grow-finish period when marketed at an average pen live weight of 300 pounds. The main objective of Study 2 was to determine the effects of floor space allowance on growth performance of pigs weighing 300 pounds.

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