Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference

Certification and Education Programs: Current Status of Farm Animal Welfare

Publication Date

9-21-2005

City

Washington, DC

Abstract

Swine production facilities in the United States have adopted technological advancements in response to problems and opportunities as they arise. The first pressure was due mostly to economics. To improve feed efficiency, animals were moved into climate controlled buildings. To reduce labor costs, manure was handled as a liquid through slatted floors and feed and water systems were automated. Larger buildings were used to gain economy of scale and to increase the overall income to the producer as the profit margin per pig marketed decreased. All of these innovations helped swine producers to more economically produce commodity pork.

Comments

This proceeding is from Certification and Education Programs: Current Status of Farm Animal Welfare, ed. Richard Reynnells (Washington, DC: United States Department of Agriculture, September 21, 2005): 50–56.

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