This study measured growth (Average Daily Gain or ADG), feed intake (Average Daily Feed Intake or ADFI), feed efficiencies, and lean/fat deposition in heavyweight market finishing pigs in bedded hoop barns. The pigs were housed in bedded hoop barns, which are of interest because of their recent popularity in the niche market for pork from pigs not reared in conventional confinement. Pigs in bedded hoop barns consume some bedding,which may impact feed utilization. Further, the thermal environment is variable and closely matches the seasonal environment. Also, the market is calling for heavier pigs and there is a lack of performance information for these weights, especially in bedded hoop barns.
Stender, David; Roush, Wayne; Beedle, Chris; and Honeyman, Mark
"Documenting Efficiencies of Heavyweight Market Pigs in Bedded Hoop Barns,"
Farm Progress Reports: Vol. 2015
, Article 160.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmprogressreports/vol2015/iss1/160