Static space requirements for creep area as influenced by temperature and piglet resting behavior

Eileen Fabian, Knut Bøe, Guro Vasdal, Andreas Flø

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Eight litters of 10 pre-weaned piglets were evaluated for resting behavior patterns in a 1×2 m creep box with uniform environment conditions (within 1°C of set point; 0.7 to 2.8°C variation) The space occupied by a litter of 10 piglets at the recommended infrared floor temperatures was AL = 0.29*M0.53; with AL, area occupied (m 2); M, individual piglet mass (kg). Under 4°C too-warm or too-cool conditions the piglets occupied approximately 10% more or less area, respectively. Huddling and fully-sternum (versus fully-recumbent) positions were significantly more common at cool conditions. The area recommended for 10 average-sized piglets at comfortable temperatures at 1-week (3.7 kg), 2-weeks (6.1 kg) and 3-weeks (8.6 kg) of age is 0.58, 0.76, and 0.91 m2, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Nov 7 2007
Event2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2007Jun 20 2007

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Other2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period6/17/076/20/07

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piglets
Creep
Sternum
Temperature
temperature
litters (young animals)
Infrared radiation
sternum

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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Fabian, E., Bøe, K., Vasdal, G., & Flø, A. (2007). Static space requirements for creep area as influenced by temperature and piglet resting behavior. Paper presented at 2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
Fabian, Eileen ; Bøe, Knut ; Vasdal, Guro ; Flø, Andreas. / Static space requirements for creep area as influenced by temperature and piglet resting behavior. Paper presented at 2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
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Static space requirements for creep area as influenced by temperature and piglet resting behavior. / Fabian, Eileen; Bøe, Knut; Vasdal, Guro; Flø, Andreas.

2007. Paper presented at 2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

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