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HOOP SHELTERS – A SYSTEM FOR RAISING PORK
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: No Citation available.
Authors: M.E. Wastell, P.R. Lubischer
Keywords: swine housing, hoop structures
Hoop shelters known for their structure design have in recent years been evaluated by swine producers as an alternative low initial cost housing system. A Nebraska and an Australian swine producer compared performance results of pigs raised in hoop structures with pigs of similar genetics and health raised in conventional housing. The Nebraska producer reported gains of 712 and 816 gm/d; feed/gain of 3.34 and 3.11; mortality of 10.6 and 8.3 percent, respectively, for hoop and conventional housed pigs. Housing system had little effect on carcass yield, lean or back fat. The Australian producer reported gains of 789 and 760 gm/d; feed/gain of 2.8 and 2.7; mortality 2.3 and 4.1 percent; back fat 11.8 and 10.5 mm; respectively, for hoop and conventional housed pigs. The Nebraska producer reported $2 and $0/pig bedding cost; $2 and $2.85 waste removal cost; $2 and $2 labor cost, respectively, for hoop and conventional housed pigs. The Australian producer reported $3 and $0/pig bedding cost; $2.40 and $0/pig waste removal cost respectively for hoop and conventional raised pigs. The Australian producer reported the labor requirement was 25 percent less for conventional housing in comparison to labor for hoop structures. The initial hoop structure and equipment cost was reported to be 53 percent of conventional housing.
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