A comparison between deep litter systems and a traditional housing system for fattening pigs; Practical experiences

Thelosen, J.G.M.; van Cuyck, J.H.M.; Voermans, J.A.M.

Proefverslag Proefstation voor de Varkenshouderij


A study was conducted to examine the effect of deep litter systems in pig housing on performance, health, welfare, meat quality and manure vol. Two deep litter systems were compared with a conventional partly slatted floor with slurry storage under the slats. A further investigation was carried out into factors such as ammonia emission, partial or complete replacement of litter, and mechanization.