Square footage requirement of weaned pigs



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Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service


One hundred and twenty weaned pigs were used to evaluate the effect of space allowance. Pigs were housed in a control environment nursery with woven wire flooring with 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 head per 4' x 5' pen which allowed 4.5, 3.0, 2.25, 1.8, and 1.5 square feet of usable space, respectively, for each pig. No significant differences were observed in performance for the five-week period. However, during week 3,4, and 5 of the trial, pigs with 1.8 and 1.5 sq. ft. of space, respectively, had a markedly reduced feed intake and average daily gain. Feed gain ratios were not affected. This study suggests a minimum of 2.25 sq. ft. will support pig performance equal to those pigs allowed more space for the 5-week period.



Swine, Weaned pigs, Housing