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Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering

2003

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Comparison Of Different Styles Of Swine Finishing Facilities Within A Uniform Production System, David R. Stender, Jay D. Harmon, Jerry D. Weiss, Darci Cox Jan 2003

Comparison Of Different Styles Of Swine Finishing Facilities Within A Uniform Production System, David R. Stender, Jay D. Harmon, Jerry D. Weiss, Darci Cox

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Swine originating from one farrowing and nursery source were grown in five different finishing facility types. Three of the facilities were considered contemporary styles and two facilities were based on older technologies. The total data set included information collected on 46,408 pigs from 25 groups. The three contemporary facility styles included a fully slatted, hybrid ventilated facility; a fully slatted tunnel ventilated facility; and a partially slatted naturally ventilated facility. These newer facilities were compared to an older, less environmentally controlled facility and an outdoor feeding lot. No significant differences were observed in production performance of the three styles ...