Evaluate the influence of the layout of growing-finishing units for large groups
Building and livestock management
Aim / objectives:
Evaluate the influence that the layout of growing-finishing units for large groups has on animal performance and behaviour.
Evaluate animal performance according to the proposed ‘large group’ layout as well as to conventional pen layouts;
Evaluate the behavior of the pigs according to the proposed layout (4):
a) Develop an automated imaging tool for the real-time assessment of the occupancy of different unit areas according to different parameters (environmental conditions, animal weight, season, type of floor, etc.);
b) Compare the number of times the pigs passed over the scale according to each layout;
c) Compare the feeding behavior of the pigs according to each layout;
d) Compare pig learning time according to each layout.
Carry out an economic and objective assessment (advantages and disadvantages) of raising pigs in large groups vs conventional pen layout.
Denis Boulanger, Centre en imagerie numérique et médias interactifs (CIMMI); Mario Massicotte, producer; Éric Fortin and Serge Couture, Monitrol.
Jean-Gabriel Turgeon, Richard Mailhot and Patrick Gagnon