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



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 Cost:
Funding Partners:
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) - Programme de développement sectoriel; Ferme Saniben inc.; Jyga Technologies inc.; Centre de développement du porc du Québec inc.
February 2017 to December 2018
Project Manager:
Sébastien Turcotte
CDPQ Team:
Marie-Aude Ricard; Patrick Gagnon