Group Housing

What Are Key Sow Housing Tools Available?

Walking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK AcademyWalking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK Academy Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, shares how sow housing has changed over the last 20 years. Dr. Safranski looks at some of the parameters that define sow housing today and the movements toward group sow housing. Dr. Safranski closes with the subject of sow housing feeding systems and how to troubleshoot them. [video].

Dr. Tim Safranski - Walking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK Academy


Walking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK Academy - Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, from the 2017 World Pork Expo, June 7 - 9, 2017, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Ashley DeDecker - The Smithfield Experience: Comparing Electronic Sow Feeding and Trough Feeding for Grouped Housed Sows


The Smithfield Experience: Comparing Electronic Sow Feeding and Trough Feeding for Grouped Housed Sows - Dr. Ashley DeDecker, from the 2016 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 17-20, 2016, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Jennie Brown - Weaning Sows Directly into Group Housing: Effects on Aggression, Physiology and Productivity


Weaning Sows Directly into Group Housing: Effects on Aggression, Physiology and Productivity - Dr. Jennie Brown, from the 2016 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 17-20, 2016, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Transitioning To Group Sow Housing

Practical Considerations for Adoption of Group Sow HousingChanging The Pig Living Spaces Dr. Chris Rademacher, ISU Swine Extension Veterinarian, gives a practical talk on group sow housing, based on his experiences in transitioning to group housing at Smithfield. He provides info on considerations of the physical space re-construction and how the human and pig work flow changes.

Dr. Chris Rademacher - Practical Considerations for Adoption of Group Sow Housing


Practical Considerations for Adoption of Group Sow Housing - Dr. Chris Rademacher, from the 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 19-22, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

SwineCast 0775, Updated Canadian Pig Code of Practice Proposes Sow Group Housing Requirement

SwineCast 0775 Show Notes:
  • Canadian swine producers expressing concern over proposed sow housing changes to the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code of Practice, according to Saskatchewan Pork's Producer Services Manager, Harvey Wagner.  He talks with Farmscape.ca's Bruce Cochane. 
  • Public comment period thru August 3, 2013.  Link is here.

SwineCast 0701, Sow Housing Backgrounder From Pork Industry Forum

Download mp3SwineCast 0701 Show Notes:
  • Sow housing was fresh on the delegates minds of both organizations at the Pork Industry Forum. Indeed, the decision to implement a comprehensive study and evaluation of existing literature on sow housing options was passed by both delegate bodies. However, there is a basis for current policy. National Pork Board's Director of Animal Welfare, Science and Technology, Sherrie Niekamp provided attendees that overview.

SwineCast 0695, NPPC CEO Dierks Addresses Pork Forum

Download mp3SwineCast 0695 Show Notes:
  • The pork industry has responded to gestation housing questions with funds and determination to research and report on sow housing options and advantages.  National Pork Producers Council CEO Neil Dierks shares the association position with delegates and more.

SwineCast 0283 for March 4 2008

SwineCast 0283 Show Notes:

  • Farm Bill negotiations continue with comments from Ag Secretary Shafer
  • Bernie Peet weighs in with thoughts on reaching 30 pigs per sow per year. Link to his website.
  • Practitioner Doug Powers shares experience with 'energy' products and sow nutrition
  • Dr. Peter Brooks of the Univ of Plymouth discusses group housing nutrition... learnings from the E.U.
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