Environmental and management effects associated with improved production efficiency in a respiratory disease free pig herd in Australia

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Banhazi, T.. 2013. "Environmental and management effects associated with improved production efficiency in a respiratory disease free pig herd in Australia." Aland, Andres and Banhazi, Thomas (ed.) Livestock housing: modern management to ensure optimal health and welfare of farm animals. Wageningen, Netherlands. Wageningen Academic Publishers. pp. 297-314
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Environmental and management effects associated with improved production efficiency in a respiratory disease free pig herd in Australia

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ERA Publisher ID3765
Book TitleLivestock housing: modern management to ensure optimal health and welfare of farm animals
Authors
AuthorBanhazi, T.
EditorsAland, Andres and Banhazi, Thomas
Page Range297-314
Chapter Number15
Number of Pages18
Year2013
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Place of PublicationWageningen, Netherlands
ISBN9789086862177
9789086867714
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-771-4_15
Web Address (URL)http://www.wageningenacademic.com/livestockhousing-e
Abstract

The combined effects of a number of housing related parameters were evaluated in relation to the production efficiency of pigs under commercial farm conditions. These parameters included, air temperature, stocking rate, stocking density and the concentrations of different airborne pollutants. The commercial piggery buildings were divided into two separate compartments containing control and experimental groups of animals. The compartments containing the experimental groups were managed in order to reduce the airborne pollution load on the animals, while the other sections were managed according to normal farm procedures (control groups). The growth rate and environmental variables of both groups were monitored and compared. The statistical analysis (using general linear models) identified key factors contributing to improved production efficiency, including ammonia concentrations in the compartments, the quantity and size of airborne particles and stocking density. This efficiency improvement was achieved without the opportunity to see any perceivable change in clinical health of the animals. Thus improving housing conditions on farms may improve profitability even in cases where livestock are not affected by well-defined infectious diseases.

Keywordspig houses; environmental quality; dust; bacteria; ammonia; stocking rate; performance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020310910. Animal physiology - systems
300302. Animal management
300304. Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens)
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Byline AffiliationsNational Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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Banhazi, T. M., Rutley, D., Parkin, B. J. and Lewis, B.. 2009. "Field evaluation of a prototype sensor for measuring feed disappearance in livestock buildings." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 27-38.
Precision livestock farming: a suite of electronic systems to ensure the application of best practice management on livestock farms
Banhazi, Thomas and Black, John L.. 2009. "Precision livestock farming: a suite of electronic systems to ensure the application of best practice management on livestock farms." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 1-13.
Identification of the risk factors for high airborne particle concentrations in broiler buildings using statistical modelling
Banhazi, T. M., Seedorf, J., Laffrique, M. and Rutley, D. L.. 2008. "Identification of the risk factors for high airborne particle concentrations in broiler buildings using statistical modelling ." Biosystems Engineering. 101 (1), pp. 100-110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2008.06.007
Potential of using infrared thermography for determination of skin wetness and thus perceived thermal comfort of pigs
Banhazi, T., Kitchen, J. and Tivey, D.. 2009. "Potential of using infrared thermography for determination of skin wetness and thus perceived thermal comfort of pigs." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 47-54.
User-friendly air quality monitoring system
Banhazi, Thomas. 2009. "User-friendly air quality monitoring system ." Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 25 (2), pp. 281-290.
Development and testing of an evaluation procedure for commercial manure additive products
Banhazi, T., Hudson, N., Dunlop, M., Dyson, C. and Thomas, R.. 2009. "Development and testing of an evaluation procedure for commercial manure additive products ." Biosystems Engineering. 103 (3), pp. 321-328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2009.04.011
Review of the consequences and control of high air temperatures in intensive livestock buildings
Banhazi, T., Aarnink, A., Thuy, H., Pedersen, S., Hartung, J., Payne, H., Mullan, B. and Berckmans, D.. 2009. "Review of the consequences and control of high air temperatures in intensive livestock buildings ." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 63-78.
Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 4. Emission factors and study recommendations
Banhazi, T. M., Rutley, D. L. and Pitchford, W. S.. 2008. "Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 4. Emission factors and study recommendations." Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 14 (1), pp. 53-69.
Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 2. Airborne pollutants
Banhazi, T. M., Seedorf, J., Rutley, D. L. and Pitchford, W. S.. 2008. "Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 2. Airborne pollutants ." Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 14 (1), pp. 21-39.
Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 1. Study justification and design
Banhazi, T. M., Seedorf, J., Rutley, D. L. and Pitchford, W. S.. 2008. "Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 1. Study justification and design." Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 14 (1), pp. 5-20.
Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 3. Environmental parameters
Banhazi, T. M., Seedorf, J., Rutley, D. L. and Pitchford, W. S.. 2008. "Identification of risk factors for sub-optimal housing conditions in Australian piggeries: part 3. Environmental parameters." Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 14 (1), pp. 41-52.
Weight estimation using image analysis and statistical modelling: a preliminary study
Kollis, K., Phang, C. S., Banhazi, Thomas and Searle, Stephen J.. 2007. "Weight estimation using image analysis and statistical modelling: a preliminary study ." Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 23 (1), pp. 91-96.
Validation and fine-tuning of a predictive model for air quality in livestock buildings
Banhazi, T. M., Rutley, D. L. and Pitchford, W. S.. 2010. "Validation and fine-tuning of a predictive model for air quality in livestock buildings." Biosystems Engineering. 105 (3), pp. 395-401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2009.12.011
Air pollution and livestock production
Watt, A. C., Aziz, S. M. and Banhazi, T. M.. 2010. "Air pollution and livestock production." 17th World Congress of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR 2010): Sustainable Biosystems Through Engineering. Quebec City, Canada 13 - 17 Jun 2010 Quebec City, Canada.