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ADDITIONAL FLOOR SPACE FOR FATTENING PIGS IN A TWO-LEVEL PEN
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 174-181 in Swine Housings II Proceedings of the 12-15 October 2003 Conference (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA), Publication Date 12 October 2003. 701P1303.(doi:10.13031/2013.15484)
Authors: I. Vermeij, A. I. J. Hoofs, J. Enting, H. Hopster, and E.W. Ruesink
Keywords: Two-level pen, Total floor area, Solid floor area, Welfare
In response to the Dutch Pig Welfare Regulations, research was carried out aiming at evaluating the extension of the total floor area in existing pig houses to 1.0 m2 per fattening pig by adding a second floor, a platform, to a pig pen. Through the second floor, the solid floor area was increased to 0.6 m2 per pig. The study has been carried out during two batches in two rooms at an experimental farm (27% of total floor space available on platform, synthetic flooring). The use and the accessibility of the platform were video taped and analysed. Additional observations were made at a commercial pig farm, which has concrete flooring and 33% of total floor space available on platform.