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13 April 2017 The perception of biosecurity, management, and labour of batch management production systems among pig producers
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Nowadays, batch management systems (BMSs) are more frequently applied on a pig farm than traditional continuous production systems. But until now, little research has been identified about pig breeders’ perceptions of BMSs. Therefore, a survey was built to assess advantages and disadvantages, perceived by producers of each BMS, focusing on biosecurity, management, and labour. The survey was completed by 45 farmers. Results revealed that 4-BMS and 5-BMS farmers were more satisfied about hygiene (P=0.0060) and health conditions (P=0.0225) on their farm compared with the other farmers. This could be explained by the need for only one farrowing room and the low number of batches required in both BMSs. Possibly due to this higher satisfaction about their biosecurity, a reduced piglet vaccination coverage (P=0.0399) and more labour efficient management (P=0.0101), were indicated by those farmers. However, almost none of those farmers indicated the absence of labour peaks in the list of advantages, probably because the weekly routines differ over weeks, unlike a 1-BMS and a 3-BMS. To conclude, this research provides essential information about farmers’ perceptions concerning biosecurity, management, and labour for all BMSs, but these results need to be confirmed by quantitative biosecurity measurements.

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Liesbeth Vermeulen, Sanne Van Beirendonck, Anneleen Bulens, Jos Van Thielen, and Bert Driessen "The perception of biosecurity, management, and labour of batch management production systems among pig producers," Canadian Journal of Animal Science 97(4), 590-598, (13 April 2017).
Received: 1 December 2016; Accepted: 1 April 2017; Published: 13 April 2017

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