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…

North American Swine Energy System, 2nd Year

Energy is the most expensive dietary essential in pig diets, but it receives much less attention in North America than is deserved by its importance. The digestible energy (DE) and metabolizable energy (ME) systems widely used in North America share…