A research Scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says understanding the behavioral motivations of the sow will enhance success in group housing systems.
Research underway at institutions and on highways across eastern and western Canada will help swine transporters reduce the level of stress on pigs during transport.
Research aimed at improving transport trailer design is expected to improve animal welfare and reduce losses associated with transport.
An engineer with the Prairie Swine Centre says the materials from which swine transport trailers are made, the roughness of their surfaces and the presence of gaps, nooks and crannies will play a role in their cleanability.
Scientists working in partnership with Swine Innovation Porc are looking to identify the management practices that will improve the productivity of sows housed in groups and improve the vitality and health of their piglets.
A swine nutritionist with the Prairie Swine Centre says giving the weaned pig the best possible start will result in higher productivity through it’s entire development.
A research scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says the size of the group can effect the level of aggression demonstrated by gestating sows.
The Prairie Swine Centre has launched a review of its strategic plan. To make sure the Prairie Swine Centre remains connected to the needs of the swine industry in Canada, it’s reviewing its strategic plan.
A Research Scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says those who have made the switch from stall housing of gestating sows to group housing have been generally pleased with the change.