Impact of Auto-sort Systems on Pig Welfare

A series of studies were designed to determine any impact of various autosort layouts on pig productivity and welfare. To accomplish this, Exp 1, we compared food-court, fast-lane, and water-pen layout to large conventional pens; Exp 2, based on data…

Development of improved trailer designs and transport management practices that create the optimum environment for market weight pigs during transport and minimize transport losses

The micro-environment experienced by pigs on the trailer during transport is critical for animal well-being and, potentially, impacts transport losses and, ultimately, pork quality. Environmental conditions on trailers during transport have not been previously established, largely reflecting the difficulty of…

Space requirements of weaned pigs during transportation

Currently there are no trucking quality assurance recommendations for space allowance of weaned pigs during transport. The objective of this research was to establish a first estimate of the space requirements of weaned pigs during transport in winter, summer, and…

What is the optimum age for processing neonatal pigs?

Multiple producer groups recommend that piglets be tail docked and ear notched within 24 hours of birth because the procedures are considered less stressful for the piglet at that age. However, there is no research to substantiate this recommendation. Therefore,…