Below are some attachments from the two Loose housing seminars that have been held in New Zealand in the past two years.
The work was presented by Massey University and was part funded by government funding agency, NZ Sustainable Farming Fund, which is administered through Ministry for Primary Industries (formally MAF). The work covers conversions done on 25 farms, and 15 of those were presented at farmer seminars. There will be a third seminar coming up later this year, comparing production figures a year on from the conversions.
Anecdotal evidence seems to be that most farms have a production drop which they claw back with changes to management and the fact that the sows have now been through the new system.
C Trengrove – New Zealand
Case Studies – Canada