Evaluating the effects of floor space allowance and pig removal from a group on the growth of finishing pigs

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dc.contributor.author Flohr, J. R.
dc.contributor.author Woodworth, Jason C.
dc.contributor.author Tokach, Michael D.
dc.contributor.author Dritz, Steven S.
dc.contributor.author DeRouchey, Joel M.
dc.contributor.author Goodband, Robert D.
dc.contributor.author Gourley, G.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-14T22:49:35Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-14T22:49:35Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/35122
dc.description Citation: Flohr, J. R., Woodworth, J. C., Tokach, M. D., Dritz, S. S., DeRouchey, J. M., Goodband, R. D., & Gourley, G. (2016). Evaluating the effects of floor space allowance and pig removal from a group on the growth of finishing pigs. Journal of Animal Science, 94, 7-8. doi:10.2527/msasas2016-016
dc.description.abstract A total of 1092 finishing pigs (initially 36.3 ± 1.2 kg BW) were used in a 117-d study to evaluate the impact of initial floor space allowance and removal strategy on the growth of finishing pigs up to 140 kg. There were 4 experimental treatments with 14 pens per treatment. The first treatment stocked pigs at 0.91 m2 (15 pigs/pen) throughout the duration of the study. The other 3 treatments initially stocked pigs at 0.65 m2 (21 pigs/pen) and were subject to 1 of 3 removal strategies. The second treatment (2:2:2) removed the 2 heaviest pigs from pens on d 64, 76, and 95. Treatment 3 (2:4) removed the 2 heaviest pigs on d 76 and the 4 heaviest pigs on d 105. Treatment 4 (6) removed the heaviest 6 pigs on d 105. All pigs remaining in pens after removals were fed to d 117. Overall (d 0 to 117), pigs initially provided 0.91 m2 of floor space had increased (P < 0.05) ADG compared with pigs in pens on the 2:4 or 6 removal strategy. Pigs initially provided 0.91 m2 of floor space had increased (P < 0.05) ADFI compared with pigs initially provided 0.65 m2 of floor space. Feed efficiency was poorer for pigs initially provided 0.91 m2 of floor space compared with pigs on the 2:2:2 or 2:4 removal strategy. Total BW gain per pen was greater (P < 0.05) for pens initially stocked at 0.65 m2 compared with pens initially stocked at 0.91 m2. Feed usage per pen was less (P < 0.05) for pens initially stocked at 0.91 m2 compared with pens initially providing 0.65 m2 of floor space and on removal strategies. Feed usage per pen was less (P < 0.05) for pigs on the 2:2:2 removal strategy compared with pigs on the 2:4 or the 6 removal strategy. In conclusion, increasing the floor space allowance or the time points at which pigs are removed from the pen improved the growth of pigs remaining in the pen.
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.2527/msasas2016-016
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dc.rights.uri http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1525-3163/
dc.subject Finishing Pig
dc.subject Marketing
dc.subject Stocking Density
dc.subject Agriculture
dc.title Evaluating the effects of floor space allowance and pig removal from a group on the growth of finishing pigs
dc.type Article
dc.date.published 2016
dc.citation.doi 10.2527/msasas2016-016
dc.citation.epage 8
dc.citation.issn 0021-8812
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Animal Science
dc.citation.spage 7
dc.citation.volume 94
dc.description.embargo 4/22/2017
dc.contributor.authoreid jwoodworth
dc.contributor.authoreid mtokach
dc.contributor.authoreid dritz
dc.contributor.authoreid jderouch
dc.contributor.authoreid goodband
dc.contributor.kstate Woodworth, Jason C.
dc.contributor.kstate Tokach, Michael D.
dc.contributor.kstate Dritz, Steven S.
dc.contributor.kstate DeRouchey, Joel M.
dc.contributor.kstate Goodband, Robert D.
dc.contributor.kstate Flohr, J. R.


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