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DESIGN OF LOADOUT SYSTEMS FOR DEEP BED FINISHING FACILITIES: CASE STUDY
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: No Citation available.
Authors: J.D. Hill, J. Gentry
Keywords: Pig, Pig Housing, Swine Housing, Swine Management, Animal Handling
Many systems have been developed to successfully load hogs from deep bed finishing facilities, including both permanent and portable designs. The main factor that all successful systems must have in common is that they are designed around the animal and its natural movement patterns. But the design must also integrate and account for a multitude of other factors including: the production system, marketing scheme, animal welfare, pork quality, animal mortalities, sort and trim loss, transportation system, labor utilization and cost.
The development of the Lagee Mobile Crowd Unit and portable corral system demonstrates the procedure of designing a successful system. Over two years this system was designed, developed and tested with over 30,000 head sorted and loaded within various deep bed finishing facilities. Through proper design this system has significantly eased animal movement and loading, therefore improving animal welfare and pork quality while reducing grower fatigue and frustration.
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