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Using an automatic straw-distributor to feed silage to pigs – A potential to increase pigs’ silage consumption and effect on behaviour and cleanliness of the pen (OK-Net Ecofeed video)

{Tool} Using an automatic straw-distributor to feed silage to pigs – A potential to increase pigs’ silage consumption and effect on behaviour and cleanliness of the pen (OK-Net Ecofeed video). Creator(s): Nordlund Othén, Janne; Åkerfeldt, Magdalena and Löfquist, Ingela. Issuing Organisation(s): SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. OK-Net Ecofeed video. (2021)

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Summary

The test evaluated the effects of feeding silage to pigs with an automatic straw distributor on pig behaviour, silage consumption and cleanliness of the pen. Ley crop silage was loaded on top of the straw in an automatic straw distributor and distributed to the pigs in their loose housing deep litter pen 4-5 times a day. Dry matter content of the silage affected how far from the distributor the silage was spread. Thus, it should not have too large variation in dry matter content. Due to the rather low amount of silage fed per distribution time, the pigs were able to find and consume all the silage. As it was distributed in a large area, it also enabled all pigs to eat silage simultaneously without competition.
The tool is relevant for pig farmers and advisors and can be used in northern Europe climate where conservation of ley crops to silage is common.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Silage spread with an automatic straw-distributor increases pigs’ silage consumption, contributes to cleaner pens and improves animal welfare.
What problem does the tool address?:Silage increases possibilities to perform foraging and explorative behaviours in pigs. When silage is fed in feed racks, it can however result in crowding and competition as well as increased silage waste.
What solution does the tool offer?:Feeding silage in small rations several times per day can increase the pigs’ silage consumption. It can contribute to a cleaner pen and improve animal welfare by increasing the possibilities for the pigs to forage, root and eat silage together as a group.
Country:Sweden
Type of Practice Tool:Video
Keywords:animal husbandry, animal production, swine, animal welfare, feeding, animal nutrition, feed quality, feed technology
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
animal husbandry
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8532
English
animal production
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_437
English
swine
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7555
English
animal welfare
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_443
English
feeding
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2838
English
animal nutrition
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_27925
English
feed quality
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15850
English
feed technology
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9c578a8a
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed > OK-Net Ecofeed Tools
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > EPOK – Centre for organic Food and Farming
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39674, https://www.slu.se/en/
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:39674
Deposited On:31 Mar 2021 12:53
Last Modified:31 Mar 2021 12:53
Document Language:English
Status:Published

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