Journal or Book Title
Applied Engineering in Agriculture
Research Focus Area(s)
Animal Production Systems Engineering
An energy efficient 12-crate farrowing house was designed and evaluated on a South Carolina swine farm. Pig performance was 9.2 pigs weaned per litter with 5% mortality, both were better than the national average. Energy consumption was less than estimates for a conventional 12-crate farrowing house with estimates of savings ranging between $288 and $467. Winter operation requires extra herdsman attention during farrowing periods.
American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Harmon, Jay D.; Christenbury, Gerald D.; and Albrecht, John E., "Field Evaluation of a Low Energy Swine Farrowing Facility" (1994). Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications. 89.