Successful conversion of existing barns to sow group housing:

Building a reference document for use by pork producers, extension personnel and other stakeholders


Team:

Project leaders:  Laurie Connor, Dept. Animal Science and Qiang Zhang, Dept. Biosystems Engineering

Objectives:

  • important considerations in design selection such as animal handling and management and overall barn flow, manure handling, human resource requirements and training
  • cost/benefit economic analyses;
  • engineering design templates for the most promising barn conversion options