Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2019

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Animal Science

First Advisor

Anna K. Johnson

Abstract

There is limited scientific knowledge in the literature that provides producers with effective handling tools for moving a non-ambulatory grow-finish pig on-farm that accounts for caretaker safety and pig welfare. Two objectives were defined to meet this goal: 1) determine durability, caretaker physiology, movement ease, overall time, and caretaker preference for sked, deer sled, modified deer sled, and wean-to-finish mat when moving 18 grow-finish pig cadavers on-farm, 2) evaluate durability, pig physiology and behavior, and overall time for the sked, revised deer sled, and ice fishing sled when moving 18 non-ambulatory grow-finish pigs on-farm.

Observed results from these studies showed that this version of a modified wean-to-finish mat and modified deer sled is not a suitable handling tool for manually moving grow-finish pig cadavers and we suggest that it will also not be suitable for moving non-ambulatory grow-finish pigs on a commercial farm. However, this version of the sked and deer sled are suitable handling tools for manually moving grow-finish pig cadavers on a commercial farm. In addition, this version of the sked, revised deer sled and ice fishing sled are suitable handling tools for manually moving non-ambulatory grow-finish pigs on a commercial farm. In conclusion, this research team supports four handling tools for manually moving non-ambulatory grow-finish pigs on-farm.

Copyright Owner

EllaAkin

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

137 pages

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