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Floor design and dirtiness in pens for weanling piglets



Floor design and dirtiness in pens for weanling piglets



Proefverslag Proefstation voor de Varkenshouderij ( 1.138): 20 pp.



Pen designs with partly slatted floors for piglets were compared to find a welfare-acceptable and environmentally friendly design with a clean floor that would prevent ammonia emission. Although pigs prefer a solid floor for lying, Netherlands Animal Health and Welfare Regulations propose a partly slatted floor. However, fully slatted floors are allowed at present, providing they are not made of concrete. Pens of width 1.2 and 1.5 m were compared in a 3 x 2 factorial experiment.

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