This project demonstrated that modifying a commercially available yurt kit for use as a farrowing facility is possible, but is likely to be cost-prohibitive for most farmers. Results from this project included a producer guide for crate-free farrowing.
Is it feasible to use a commercially produced yurt kit for farrowing small groups of sows?
This demonstration project monitored energy use, labor, pig performance, and internal and external thermal conditions in the yurt to determine sow/piglet performance.
Year of Grant Completion
Lammers, Peter J. and Harmon, Jay D., "Demonstrating farrowing alternatives for small farms: Insulated tents for sows and pigs" (2015). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 484.