Summary and Implications
Pig mortalities from the farm to the harvest facility have been estimated to cost the U.S. swine industry over 55 million dollars annually. Improved understanding of the major factors impacting the behavioral and physiological responses of the finisher pig during transportation is needed.
Iowa State University
Berry, Nick L.; Johnson, Anna K.; Baas, Thomas J.; Karriker, Locke A.; and Stalder, Kenneth J.
"Loading Gantry versus Traditional Chute for the Finisher Pig:
Effect on Transportation and Packing Plant Losses,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 654, ASL R2339.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol654/iss1/88