This research investigates and evaluates different management systems, based on experiences of professional pig farmers to assist pig farmers in their choice for an appropriate management system. Flemish (Belgian) pig farmers were asked to complete a survey concerning the characteristics of their farm and the applied batch management system (BMS). Hence, advantages and disadvantages of all management systems could be investigated. Results indicate that labour efficiency seems to be the major reason for applying a BMS compared with the continuous management system. The results also reveal a significant association (P < 0.05) between the type of BMS applied and the number of sows at the farm. Furthermore, the weaning age of piglets depends significantly on the applied BMS. Finally, results pointed out that, in general, a 4 wk BMS (4-BMS) is indicated by the farmers as a labour efficient and profitable management system, although farmers perceived a reduced biological performance when applying a 4-BMS because piglets are weaned early. More research is required to solve current disadvantages of a 4-BMS, such as early weaning, and to confirm the perception of the pig breeders by analysing economic and technical data of the farm in such a way that BMS can further develop and improve.
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