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The welfare of finishing pigs under different housing and feeding systems: 1. liquid versus dry feeding in fully-slatted and straw-bedded housing

  • K. Scott (a1), D. Armstrong (a2), D.J. Chennells (a3), P.D. Eckersall (a4), B.P. Gill (a2), B. Hunt (a5), L. Taylor (a2) and S.A. Edwards (a1)...

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There is a need to identify finishing systems for pigs that meet the requirements of both pig producers and society. These require that a system is economically efficient, but also takes due account of animal welfare, food safety and environmental considerations. As part of an integrated investigation, this study assessed the health and welfare implications of giving pigs either dry or liquid feed when housed in either fully-slatted or straw-based accommodation.

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Thompson, J. E., Matthews, K. R., Taylor, L. and Gill, B.P. 2004. The growth performance, carcase and meat quality of pigs finished under different housing and feeding systems: 1. Liquid versus dry feeding in fully slatted and straw-bedded housing. Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science. Annual Meeting 2004

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