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DEEP BEDDING – AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM FOR RAISING PORK

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

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Authors:   M.E. Wastell, P.R.Lubischer, A.J. Penner
Keywords:   Swine housing, bedding, deep bedding

Economical and environmental pressures cause pork producers to continually evaluate alternate systems for raising pork. Deep bedding is a system that has received attention during the past five years. Two swine producers, one from the southeastern United States and one from central Chile compared raising pigs in deep bedding with conventional buildings. Results from both southeastern United States and Chilean swine producers showed pigs raised in conventional housing had some improved gains (0.05 and 0.03 kg/day, respectively) and feed conversions (0.15 and 0.05, respectively) as compared to pigs raised in deep bedding. New housing and equipment costs for deep bedding systems were reported to be approximately $60 per pig space less than the conventional total slatted floor housing. The producers reported similar cost for spreading the waste from the two systems. (Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)