United Kingdom - Performance from new non-restraint designs challenges farrowing crates

Non-restraint farrowing systems are being developed at University of Newcastle and Scottish Agricultural College. The work isn’t finished yet. Some fine-tuning may be necessary. But results so far show overall mortality to be similar to the industry indoor average.
Thursday 22 April 2010 (7 years 9 months 27 days ago)
Non-restraint farrowing systems are being developed at University of Newcastle and Scottish Agricultural College.

The work isn’t finished yet. Some fine-tuning may be necessary. But results so far show overall mortality to be similar to the industry indoor average.

The Newcastle design is 2.36m wide and 3.35m deep. The Scottish Agricultural College design is 2.2m wide and 4.4m deep.
Both designs feature:
• A nest area on a solid floor.
• A sloping wall, so the sow can slide more slowly to the ground, reducing the risk of trapping piglets.
• A heated creep area.
• A separate slatted dunging area.
• A lockable sow feeding crate for stockman safety during piglet management.

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