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PRODUCTION AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF CONVENTIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE PIG FATTENING

Vladimir Margeta
Zdravko Tolušić
Igor Kralik


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Abstract

The aim of this research was to compare productive, slaughtering and economic characteristics of conventional and deep litter housing systems of pig fattening. The research was carried out on 105 crossbreeds (LW x GL) x GL, which were divided into three groups. Pigs of the first group were kept on straw-bedded floor, while the second group was kept on sawdust. The third group was kept in a conventional way, on solid floor, without straw bed. When compared to pigs kept on deep litter, pigs kept conventionally had higher live weight, better average daily weight gain and better food conversion during fattening. Pigs kept on deep litter had thinner back fat, greater portion of muscular tissue in carcasses and more favorable classification of carcasses to commercial classes than the pigs kept on sawdust and conventionally. Deep litter housing system provided better financial results than the conventional housing systems.

Keywords

pigs, fattening, deep litter, conventional fattening, cost effectiveness

Hrčak ID:

13027

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/13027

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