Housing

13 August 2018

Ventilation systems can improve living conditions. An efficient ventilation system draws fresh air in and removes stale air along with microbes, dust, harmful gases and water vapour. Inefficient ventilation is detrimental to pig and staff performance (particularly on hot days) and costs more to run

13 August 2018

Piglets need warmth after birth as energy reserves to produce body heat are limited. They are also born with no immunity so need colostrum soon after birth a min 100ml per kg of birthweight within 16 hours is crucial to provide the energy, nutrients and antibodies to survive

26 November 2018

Heat stress will increase the pigs respiration rate in an attempt to keep cool. Animals will seek opportunities for cooling, ie wallowing, soiling pen and lying in urine. If the pig cannot cool itself sufficiently it will collapse and, in the worst scenario, die.

22 May 2018

An overview of housing systems including cubicles and straw yards.

22 May 2018

Advice about calf housing, automatic calf feeders, building drainage, ventilation, bedding materials and cubicle design.

22 May 2018

A guide to cubicle design, bedding, numbers required and layout.

22 May 2018

A guide to ventilation for dairy cows buildings covering outlet and inlet ventilation and roof designs.

22 May 2018

An overview of building construction and design including costs, building types and adapting existing buildings.

22 May 2018

A guide to example building layouts straw yards, two and three row cubicles systems, calf and youngstock buildings.

22 May 2018

An overview of the requirements for dairy housing and the range of available systems.

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