Animal Science Department

 

Date of this Version

1995

Comments

Published in 1995 Nebraska Swine Report, edited by Duane Reese; published and copyright © 1995 Animal Science Department, University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Abstract

The reductions in feed intake and daily gain as space is restricted have been clearly documented for pigs in nursery and growing-finishing facilities. The general management recommendation has been to provide sufficient space for maximum performance (daily gain) in nurseries while often restricting space in growing-finishing facilities for best economic performance. However, as female reproductive performance within a herd increases, there often is more crowding of weaned pigs in the nursery. The effect of this crowding on subsequent performance has not been determined.

This experiment was designed to investigate the possible interaction of nursery space allocation and growing-finishing space allocation on performance from weaning to slaughter.

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