Breeding Physiology

Performance of Growing Pigs Fed Using Electronic Versus Commercial Feeders

  • David S. Casey (Iowa State University)
  • Jack C.M. Dekkers (Iowa State University)


The effect of electronic feeders on performance of growing boars and gilts was evaluated. Yorkshire boars and gilts (n=475) were randomly assigned to pens with single-space FIRE (electronic) feeders and pens with fivespace SMIDLEY feeders. Pigs began and ended test at an average body weight of 39 and 116 kg. Over the whole test period, pigs on electronic feeders did not differ significantly in growth rate, backfat thickness, and loin muscle area from pigs on commercial feeders. They did, however, use less feed and converted this more efficiently. Further inspection of growth and feed intake curves revealed that gilts on electronic feeders used less feed and grew slightly slower, in particular during early growth, but no differences were found for boars. Results indicate that electronic feeders may cause a genotype by environment interaction for gilts but not for boars.

Keywords: ASL R1800

How to Cite:

Casey, D. S. & Dekkers, J. C., (2003) “Performance of Growing Pigs Fed Using Electronic Versus Commercial Feeders”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2003
Peer Reviewed