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

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Authors:   Larry D. Jacobson , Jim Van Der Pol , and Lee J. Johnston
Keywords:   Alternative Swine Housing, Deep-Bedded Systems, Hoop Barns

An extensive pork production system has and is being planned for Minnesota at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center. This research unit will have 60 to 70 sows that will be housed in hoop barns for breeding and gestating and in warm, deep-bedded, multi-suckling group pens during lactation. The hoop barns are new construction while an existing swine building will be remodeled for the farrowing unit. Pigs produced in this system will be left in the group pens after weaning until about 25 kg (55 lbs) and then finished in a deep-bedded hoop barn. Manure from both of these facilities will be stored and composted on a designated clay pad near the hoop barns. The feasibility of building such an extensive housing system for pork production in the Upper Midwest will be investigated, including cost of production, management needed, production level, and impact on the environment. (Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)