National Sow Housing Conversion Project
Canada and the U.S. are transitioning to group sow housing systems, with food retailers selecting pork products from these systems instead of sow gestation stalls. A large capitol investment is required for this process and selecting the correct system for each barn can be a daunting task. There are a variety of group housing systems available with little knowledge or experience on managing them. The National Sow Housing Conversion Project is providing a comprehensive strategy to help pork producers in this conversion. Demonstration farms, technology transfer materials and events have helped support the transition. When properly implemented and managed, similar levels of production are seem between group housing systems and stalls. Transition costs range from $250-$750 depending on design and existing infrastructure. The majority so far have used non-competitive feeding systems like electronic sow feeding, which eases management and controls individual feed intake.
National Sow Housing Conversion Project (full article)