Transition from individual gestation stalls to group pens. Interview with Lee Johnston

Published on: 06/09/2015
Source : Analia Göttig, Community Manager, Engormix

Animal welfare concerns are having a significant impact on livestock production. A particular issue facing the swine industry is the transition from individual gestation stalls to group pens, which has become a hot topic. Engormix asked Professor Lee Johnston, extension swine specialist at the University of Minnesota, to throw some light on this situation.  In your opinion, wh...

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Andrew Hope Andrew Hope
Pig farmer
June 9, 2015
Having managed all the main systems from individual crates to outdoor groups, both organic and commercial, the system I like the most is sow groups in deep litter systems, I achieved some of my best breeding and finishing results in deep litter barns, and achieved good welfare standards, not even having to dock tails.
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Brendan Hanley Brendan Hanley
Pig producer
June 10, 2015
Look I worked in all types of ststems but I have to say that all our sows in Ireland and in Germany are loose and fed once a day and performance is better for us now than in stalls and all sows are let loose day 1 after service on to fully slatted systems on computer fed system. Brendan
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July 6, 2015
I love this kind of farm but I don't no where to start my father left me a big land in Ghana that I want to start pig farming I love pigs but I don't have any idea can some body help me here please email me pgyamfi81@yahoo.com
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