Winter Farrowing in a Low-input System

1995 Annual Report for FNC95-089

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1995: $3,991.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1997
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:

Winter Farrowing in a Low-input System


Long cold winters in Minnesota make it difficult to achieve two farrowings per sow per year in a pasture-based swine production system. If the problem can be solved without large capital investment, smaller farmers have a chance of competing with larger, integrated confinement systems.

Objectives: To erect a "Bio-tech Hoop Structure" to be utilized with deep bedding and porta huts for late March farrowing and summer finishing.

Results: First-year farrowing was quite successful. Following weaning, the sows were turned out to pasture and the structure was utilized as a finshing unit. The project was extended for one year to allow for additional outreach activities and data collection.