Management Economics

First Year Results of a Swedish Deep-bedded Feeder Pig Production System in Iowa

Authors
  • Mark S. Honeyman (Iowa State University)
  • Dennis Kent (Iowa State University)

Abstract

The results of 1 year of operation and four farrowing groups are summarized. Breeding and gestation occurred in a hoop building with corn stalk bedding. Conception rates and litter size was excellent. Farrowing occurred in a remodeled building. Pre-wean pig mortality was high (18–24%). At 2 weeks of age the cubicles were removed and group lactation occurred. Group lactation worked well. Sows selected their bedded farrowing cubicles. At weaning (30 days) sows were removed and the pigs remained in the farrowing/lactation room for 30 days. Pig growth in the deep-bedded nursery was excellent with 60–lb pigs at 60 days of age and 1.25 lb/day average daily gain during the nursery phase.

Keywords: ASL R1497

How to Cite:

Honeyman, M. S. & Kent, D., (1998) “First Year Results of a Swedish Deep-bedded Feeder Pig Production System in Iowa”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1998
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