What do you think of straw and pigs?

Discussion in 'Pig and Poultry' started by Tierwohl, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. browny88

    browny88 Member

    We have pigs on slats and straw, we get less fighting, tailbiting, illness and ultimately death in the slatted sheds than we do in the straw pens.
    The slatted finrone flat decks we have for weaners almost completely eliminated our antibiotic use from day 1 unlike when we had them in straw.

    I think you'll find the research shows this to be a common theme in the argument for and against. With the reduction of antibiotic use at the forefront of peoples concerns when it comes to resistance to them. It's always going to be better not to be walking about or lying in your own sh1t!

    I suppose they do 'look' better on straw but it's all subjective. In a nice clean heated slatted shed pigs look every bit as happy as the ones in straw, they're just not snuggled up in straw because they don't need to be.
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  2. Pond digger

    Pond digger Member

    East Yorkshire
    But the smell is much worse. It always amazes me that pigs can thrive with such high levels of ammonia.
  3. Michael3112

    Michael3112 Member

    Temperture controlled rooms with automatic windows an roof fans cut that way back
  4. l'ordinary bonville

    N Yorks
    We had worse ammonia and drifting smells with finishers on straw than slats.

    10000 places here on slats and visitors and delivery people don't realise we have pigs

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