Science - June 1, 2017

Two-storey pig shed

Albert Sikkema

WUR’s experimental pig farm, Sterksel, gained a new two-storey pig shed on 17 May.

<A raised platform gives the animals more space. , photo: P&P Agrotechniek>

A raised platform one metre above the ground increases the pigs’ space by 25 percent, making it easier for them to withdraw and giving them some space to rootle and play. In theory, this should reduce the amount of tail-biting that goes on. VIC Sterksel is going to study whether that works in practice.