AWI Quarterly » 2004 Spring

In May 2003, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), University of Minnesota, completed a new housing system for sows and piglets. Formerly a dark, smelly structure for housing pigs over a liquid manure pit, the newly remodeled building underwent a remarkable transformation. Modeled on a Swedish system, it houses pigs in amply lit rooms, amidst an abundance of straw, with plenty of room to roam, socialize, root, and give birth to their young. AWI's Farm Animal Economic Advisor Marlene Halverson contributed to the design.