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Effect of conventional and deep litter housing on pig growth performance and carcass characteristics

Trezona, M., Mullan, B.P., Pluske, J.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-7194-2164, Pethick, D.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-3255-7677 and D'Souza, D.N. (2005) Effect of conventional and deep litter housing on pig growth performance and carcass characteristics. In: Manipulating Pig Production X. Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA), 27 - 30 November, Christchurch, New Zealand p. 276.

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Anecdotal observations suggest that pigs raised in deep litter systems are fatter than pigs raised in conventional systems. To manage fat deposition in pigs, some producers wean pigs into deep litter and then at about 13 weeks of age move the animals into conventional facilities for finishing. Differences in growth and carcass quality have been reported between pigs raised outdoors and conventionally (Gentry et al., 2002). We would expect the physical and thermal differences between conventional and deep litter housing systems to affect the partitioning of energy for lean and fat deposition during growth. In this study we hypothesised that growth performance and carcass composition would differ for pigs housed conventionally or on deep litter.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australasian Pig Science Association
Copyright: © 2005 Australasian Pig Science Association (Inc)
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