Modelling and influencing hygiene conditions in Australian livestock buildings

Banhazi, T. (2013) Modelling and influencing hygiene conditions in Australian livestock buildings. In: Livestock housing: modern management to ensure optimal health and welfare of farm animals. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, Netherlands, pp. 377-390. ISBN 978-90-8686-217-7

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The main aims of the research presented here were: (1) to model the effects of important housing and management factors on the hygiene level of pig pens; and (2) to evaluate the efficacy of methods aimed at improving pen hygiene. These project aims were achieved by: (I) modelling the hygiene levels measured; and (2) conducting a number of controlled experiments. Hygiene levels were visually assessed in 160 piggery buildings using a standardised 3-step scale system. Engineering and management characteristics of the piggery buildings were recorded at the time of sampling and these building characteristics were used in the subsequent multi-factorial statistical analysis. The mean faecal contamination of pen floors in all study buildings was 36%. According to the model developed, hygiene levels were affected by the size of the farm (as described by the number of sows), seasons, stocking rate per pen (kg weight/m2) and management of piggery buildings. Summer conditions and continuous flow pig management resulted in reduced hygiene levels in pig pens. Piggery size positively, whereas stocking rate negatively associated with piggery hygiene. The results highlighted potential strategies that can be used to reduce the negative effects of sub-optimal piggery hygiene on pig production, environment, health and welfare of animals as well as piggery staff. The related experiments highlighted the importance of keeping pens dry and potentially using bedding materials to mark resting areas in pens as a means of improving dunging patterns in pig pens.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Wageningen Academic Publishers 2013. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2013 05:06
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: manure; dunging; pigs; hygiene; management; season; cleanliness
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070203 Animal Management
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070205 Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens)
06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060599 Microbiology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-771-4_19

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