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You’re looking at the interior of what’s called a “double-wide” swine finishing unit unveiled at the University of Nebraska Northeast Research and Extension Center open house, at Concord, in late June.
Northeast Center swine specialist Mike Brumm says the first study in the new research unit will look at space requirements for feeding pigs to a market weight of 300 pounds under all-in-all out operation. Various pen size and number combinations will be the focus of future research in the unit which can be divided into the following arrangements: Eight pens, each 14 by 16 feet; 16 pens, each 8 by 14 feet; and 32 pens, each 7 by 8 feet. The animal space equals 8 square feet per head for 224 head.