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PLANNING INDIVIDUAL SHOWERING SYSTEMS FOR PREGNANT SOWS IN DYNAMIC GROUPS
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium, 18-20 May 2005 (Beijing, China) Publication Date 18 May 2005 701P0205.(doi:10.13031/2013.18357)
Authors: M. Barbari
Keywords: Cooling, shower, automatic shower cage, pregnant sows
In a dynamic group of 193 pregnant sows (average number of the experimental period) two
Automatic Shower Cages (ASC) were installed during summer 2004. The ASC is a cage
composed of a metallic tubular structure, 1.90 m long and 0.55 m wide. In the upper part of the
cage the sprinklers are mounted. On the top an electronic controller, which regulates the water
sprinkling time, is installed. The cages were provided with a data communication system, which
allowed information about the utilization of the shower equipment by the single sows of the
group to be stored on a PC.