Workshop


VIDEOS FROM WORKSHOP ON THE TRANSITION AND MANAGEMENT OF GROUP SOW HOUSING

The videos below show the presentations and discussions that took place during the workshop on the transition and management of group sow housing held on October 10th, 2017 in Drummondville.

***(Videos in French only) 

VIDEO 1 – INTRODUCTION TO GROUP SOW HOUSING  - VIDEO (26:45)
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Brown, Ph. D., Prairie Swine Centre

Summary: In this video, Dr. Brown discusses the different feeding systems that can be used in group sow management as well as other important aspects to consider when making the transition. She also discusses the main findings and results of the national sow housing conversion project  (www.groupsowhousing.com).

VIDEO 2 – PANEL OF PORK PRODUCERS WHO HAVE ALREADY CONVERTED TO GROUP SOW HOUSING: PRESENTATION OF PANEL MEMBERS - VIDEO (18:23)

Summary: This video shows the presentations from the pork producer panel members. They briefly describe their companies and their chosen feeding systems. 
  • Mr. David Vincent, Groupe Lyjean (Open stall feeding);
  • Mr. Luc Veilleux, Ferme porcine L.V. (Free-access ESF);
  • Mr. Vincent Fournier, Ferme Pic Rouge (Floor feeding and free-access ESF);
  • Mr. Francis Jolin, Saint-Laurent, Production Porcs Plus (ESF).
VIDEO 3 - PANEL OF HOG PRODUCERS WHO HAVE ALREADY CONVERTED TO GROUP SOW HOUSING: BUILDINGS - VIDEO (24:13)
Panel members: Luc Veilleux, Ferme porcine L.V.; David Vincent, Groupe Lyjean; Vincent Fournier, Ferme Pic Rouge; Francis Jolin Saint-Laurent, Production Porcs Plus

Summary: This video presents the panel members' answers to the following questions about their buildings:
  • Why did you choose a particular feeding system for your sows?
  • What were the steps you took to make the conversion to group sow housing? (For example, downtime, expansion, new construction, etc.)
  • What changes have you made to your facilities? (Such as flooring, coatings, ventilation, other)
  • Do you have problems with cleanliness when the floors are not fully slatted?
  • How high would you place your water bowls and how many slats would you recommend? Which watering system is ideal for group-housed sows?
  • Mr. Jolin St-Laurent, you chose your feeding system (ESF) as it was well suited to situations where gilts and multiparous sows coexist. Is this true for all panel members? For the others, how did you do it?
  • How much surface area did you calculate per sow? Have you changed it since the beginning?
VIDEO 4 - PANEL OF WHO HAVE ALREADY CONVERTED TO GROUP SOW HOUSING : MANAGEMENT - VIDEO (47:53)
Panel members: Luc Veilleux, Ferme porcine L.V.; David Vincent, Groupe Lyjean; Vincent Fournier, Ferme Pic Rouge; Francis Jolin Saint-Laurent, Production Porcs Plus

Summary: This video features the panel members’ answers to questions about herd management. Here are the questions that were asked:
  • How do you manage injured sows?
  • How do you manage sows gong back into heat?
  • What are the daily changes that managing group-housed sows brings to breeders?
  • Is the cull rate higher for sows housed in groups compared to sows kept in gestation cages? What is the main reason for culling?
  • What breeding behavior (weekly, biweekly, four weeks) is optimal for group-housed sows?
  • How do you manage fighting between sows and what have you tried to reduce the number of incidences?
  • Mr. Vincent, why do you feed your sows three times a day? Is it to reduce fighting?
  • Can you tell us about the performance of your animals before and after converting to group sow housing as well as any economic impacts?
  • Do you train your gilts before breeding?
  • What were your expectations or misgivings about switching to group sow housing? How do they compare to the reality once you made the transition?
VIDEO 5 – NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR MATERNITY BARNS - VIDEO (28:25)
Speaker: Sébastien Turcotte, agr., Senior manager, Building and livestock management, Centre de développement du porc du Québec

Summary: In this video, Mr. Turcotte discusses interesting innovations to consider when renovating or building a maternity barn.

Acknowledgments
This project was funded by Swine Innovation Porc though the Swine Cluster 2 research program: Driving Results through Innovation. Financing for this program was provided by the Agri-Innovation program by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, provincial producer associations and industry partners.