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Ben Williams

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AHDB Pork Knowledge Exchange

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PigSAFE: Re-designing the farrowing environment from first principles to optimise animal welfare and economic performance

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Research partners: Newcastle University, SAC

Industrial partners: AHDB Pork, QMS, RSPCA, Defra, Quality Equipment

Duration: 2008–2011 

Aims and objectives

  • To review and synthesise current scientific knowledge on sow and piglet needs and practical experience of existing non-crate farrowing systems
  • To use economic modelling approaches to characterise the best system prototype(s) based on this information
  • To build and develop the prototype(s), testing structural and management innovations considered likely to improve their performance
  • To scale up the final best system and test this under commercial conditions against conventional farrowing crates
  • To carry out an economic, environmental and trade analysis of the new system based on commercial performance and costs. 

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