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Endrésen, Emelie, 2024. Sow and farrowing pen sizes in Swedish pig production. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Applied Animal Science and Welfare



There is currently an increased interest in loose housed farrowing environments internationally. Discussions are being held within the EU whether new requirements should be placed on pig farmers, and whether a total ban on confining sows should be introduced. An opinion that prevails in the pig breeding industry is that the sows, the litters, and the piglets are getting bigger and that this creates problems in animal husbandry. There is a lack of empirical data on both loose housed farrowing pen sizes and design, as well as on sow sizes. The aim of this thesis was to map and describe the sow sizes and the loose house farrowing pen sizes in commercial piglet producing herds in Sweden. This thesis include data from 35 medium-sized Swedish piglet producing farms, collected from July 2022 to September 2023. In total 153 sows, 51 types of farrowing pens and 35 piglet corners were measured. The results show that there is a wide range of sow sizes and farrowing pen sizes. Moreover, it shows the difficulty in designing a pen that works for all sow sizes, litter sizes and piglet sizes from farrowing to weaning, and the need for further research on the needs of the sows and her piglets.

Main title:Sow and farrowing pen sizes in Swedish pig production
Authors:Endrésen, Emelie
Supervisor:Wallenbeck, Anna and Hannius, Linda Marie
Examiner:Westin, Rebecka
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2024
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:None
Supervising department:(VH) > Applied Animal Science and Welfare
Keywords:sow, sow size, loose housed, free farrowing, farrowing pen size, piglet, piglet corner
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Deposited On:13 Jun 2024 08:59
Metadata Last Modified:14 Jun 2024 14:28

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