- Animals: swine
- Animal Production: housing, animal protection and health, manure management, watering systems
- Soil Management: composting
Initial cost, heating, ventilation and manure disposal in confinement systems make hoop structures an attractive alternative for swine production, especially for young farmers with less capital.
Objectives: To utilize a hoop structure with deep bedding to show young farmers a low-investment, socially acceptable way to compete in the swine industry. The coordinator will erect a 40- by 75-foot hoop sturcture to finish 180 feeder pigs at a time with 2.8 turnovers per year and compare results with a conventional confinement system.
Results: The project was delayed by a construction bottleneck and was extended for one year to gather data.