Are finishing hogs getting enough space?

March 7, 2017

As appeared in National Hog Farmer

Are you giving your finishing hogs enough room?

Current floor space allowances are based on research that was done 10 to 20 years ago, from a time when market hogs were loaded for the processing plant when they reached a body weight of no more than 250 pounds. According to USDA, average slaughter weight for market hogs was 283 pounds in 2015, and often reaches the 300-pound level.

Principle investigator was Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, and co-principle investigators were Dale Rozeboom, Michigan State University; Bob Goodband, Kansas State University; Steve Moeller, Ohio State University; Marcia Shannon, University of Missouri; and Sarah Schieck, University of Minnesota Extension.

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