A small demonstration sow herd has been housed during breeding and gestation in a deep-bedded hoop structure. Conception rates, number of pigs born alive, and birth weights were excellent. These results indicate that hoops provide a realistic alternative for housing gestating sows. A discussion of the decision considerations related to animal environment, sow behavior, bedding and manure, and feeding systems is included. Seven distinct floor plans are included. Hoop structures are a new, viable alternative housing system for gestating sows.
Iowa State University
Honeyman, Mark S.; Harmon, Jay D.; Lay, Don; and Richard, Tom, "Gestating Sows in Deep-bedded Hoop Structures" (1998). Swine Research Report, 1997. 20.