WPX 2012: Is Less Bedding Better for Pig Transport?

8 June 2012, at 11:30pm

US - As pigs are very sensitive to temperature extremes, the amount of in-transit bedding used during cold, mild and hot weather presents welfare issues, reports Carla Wright for ThePigSite from the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa

Avi Sapkota, a Texas Tech University (TTU) PhD student, presented the results of a study at World Pork Expo 2012.

A team at TTU monitored 128,686 pigs in 773 trailers using varying amounts of bedding during cold, mild and hot weather on the trip from the finishing site to the slaughterhouse.

The research results led them to conclude that if the industry changes to using only three bales per trailer during mild and hot weather, versus the typical four bales, it would create very large savings and still maintain pig welfare.

Further Reading

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June 2012