North Carolina State University
Animal Science Departmental Report
2004-2005
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Swine Education Unit

E. van Heugten, B.A. Belstra, and M.T. See

 

Teaching Arena and Classroom Complex

 

1.   Classroom (capacity approximately 40 students)

-                heated and air conditioned with a central folding divider

-                restrooms

 

2.   Arena (capacity approximately 150 students)

      -        curtain sided with natural ventilation and fans

      -        pens for holding animals for teaching, surrounding a central concrete-floored area

 

 

Office Complex

 

1.   Office Complex

      -        main office

      -        conference room with sink, microwave and refrigerator

      -        restrooms

 

2.   Student apartments for 4 students

 

3.   Change area

      -     coverall and boot storage

      -     clothes washer and dryer

 

Intensive Research Complex

 

1.   Surgery

      -     4 pre-operative pens and 4 post-operative pens

      -     electric animal hoist leading to aseptic surgery room with surgery prep area

      -     surgery and pre- and post-operative rooms are heated and air conditioned

 


2.   Work area and wet lab

      -     walk-in cooler and storage closet

      -     flexible animal work area

      -     fume hood, centrifuge and bench space

 

3.   Research holding area (capacity 95 to 110 animals)


      -     36 individual stalls

      -     8 pens (4' x 9')

      -     7 pens (6' x 9')

      -     heated and naturally ventilated, flush under slat

 

4.   Metabolism rooms

      -     air conditioned and heated

      -     flexible pen sizes

      -     12 polyvinyl metabolism crates for total fecal and urine collections

 

Breeding and Gestation Complex

 

1.   Breeding building (capacity approximately 30 boars and 118 females)

      -     48 individual stalls for weaned sows with 2 boar pens in center

      -     14 group pens for gilts and sows

      -     13 group pens for boars

      -     4 breeding pens with block walls

      -     flush under slat with natural and fan ventilation

 

2.   Gestation building (capacity approximately 262 females)

      -     170 individual stalls

      -     19 group pens

      -     flush under slat with natural and fan ventilation

      -     automatic feeding system for stalls

 

3.   Central work area connecting the two buildings

      -     semen collection area slats

      -     storage

      -     work room with hot water and sink

 

Farrowing Complex

 

1.   Farrowing rooms

      -     8 rooms with 12 elevated crates per room plus a middle work area in each room

      -     each room has individual heating, evaporative cooling and adjacent rooms share a flush system

      -     lights on timers and rooms equipped with red lights for sampling during dark

 

2.   Wash room

      -     warm-water wash for sows before movement to farrowing rooms

 

3.   Central hallway

      -     larger than usual for teaching purposes

 

Nursery Complex

 

1.   Nursery rooms

      -     8 rooms with 12 full-litter or 24 half-litter pens

      -     each room has individual ventilation

      -     adjacent rooms share a common flush system, separated from all other rooms

     

2.   Central hallway

      -     larger than usual for teaching purposes

      -     automatic medicator designed for each half-room

 

3.   Service building for nursery and farrowing

      -     multiple gravity-flow bins for nursery trials (to be added)

      -     central pressure wash system

      -     tool room and tool storage

 

Growing, Finishing and Nutrition Complex

 

1.  Finishing building (capacity approximately 438 pigs)

      -     73 group pens (6 pigs each) for multiple pen replicates for feeding trials

      -     flush under slat

      -     natural and fan ventilation

      -     automatic feeding system with two loops

 

2.   Grower and nutrition building (capacity approximately 488 pigs)

      -     34 individual pens for nutrition trials

      -     57 group pens (8 pigs each) for multiple pen replicates for feeding trials

      -     pit recharge or flush under slat

      -     natural and fan ventilation

      -     automatic feeding system with one loop

 

3.   Central service area

      -     work area for special measurements and for teaching

 

Swine Feed Mill Complex

 

1.   Mixer and mill

      -     medium capacity computerized mill for experimental diets

      -     multiple bin storage for micro nutrients and unusual ingredients

 

2.   Storage bins and delivery

      -     2 to 4 month capacity for main ingredients

      -     feed will be delivered to bins, feeding will be done by automatic systems or with electric carts with load-cells and microcomputer controlled delivery