Optimize management strategies for gestating group-housed sows using free access ESF systems


Fact sheet ( in French)
Features - le Bulletin des agriculteurs, november 2019 (in French)
Features - Porc Québec, November 2019 (French)
Final report (in French)
Power Point Presentation (in French)

Building and livestock management

Aim / objectives:
Optimiser la régie d’élevage des truies gestantes en groupe alimentées avec le système de DAC autobloquant.
  • Test nine pen layouts and determine the optimal positioning of the free access ESF system;
  • Determine if gilts require special care (pre-training, groups of gilts only, etc.) or whether they can be housed with multiparous sows:
    • a) Compare the performance of gilts involved in both treatments and monitor their performance up to the third parity;
    • b) Observe the behavior of gilts in these two situations;
    • c) Test different training strategies.

Alain Lefebvre and programmer, Jyga Technologies inc.; Benjamin Roy and Pierre Roy, Ferme Saniben inc.
Project Manager:
Sébastien Turcotte
CDPQ Team:
Marie-Aude Ricard; Patrick Gagnon