Sow housing should allow normal reproduction behavior, provide comfortable humane conditions for the sows and boars, allow labor-efficient management of the herd, and be built as economically as possible. These diverse and sometimes conflicting objectives result in a wide variety of gestation housing designs. Unfortunately, there is very little research to clarify which housing systems are best. The final design should be the result of a series of considerations regarding the components of a successful gestation building. Such considerations as size and type of pens, temperature, light, floor surface, waste handling, and feeding are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Paper - American Society of Agricultural Engineers|
|State||Published - 1979|