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In the gestation barn at Gråsten Agricultural College, the sows are feeling extra good at the moment. They are benefiting from a cow brush from KVIA, which is being tested in the barn.
During 'Det Sønderjyske Fællesdyrskue' in Aabenraa, the headmaster of Gråsten Agricultural College and Jacob Billund from KVIA had a good long talk. It turned out that they had previously tested brushes for pigs at Gråsten Agricultural College, where the pigs were thrilled, but unfortunately ate the brushes as soon as the opportunity arose.
Despite the potential challenges, KVIA installed a Almost standard brush at the agricultural college. The brush that has been set up is a Molly brush, however, it has been shortened as pigs are by nature a slightly different size than cows. The machinery is stainless steel and mounted via slotted anchors.
Pigs will eat anything, but since the brush starts as soon as they touch it, they haven't managed to eat it yet. The pigs use the brush extensively: it has been running almost non-stop for the month it has been in the barn!
Animal welfare is not the only aspect that has been considered in this project. The behavior of the pigs is also an important aspect of the test. The hope is that the pigs will fight less and that this will lead to more peace and quiet in the barn.
Although the pigs do not look particularly violent when using the brush, it is still too early to draw any conclusions.
However, the brush must prove its worth in the pigsty before it can be marketed to pig producers. It must be known with great certainty that the brush will last and that the pigs will not eat it.
Should the project prove to be a success, it will not only be for KVIA and the producers. Hopefully, there will also be a benefit in terms of improved welfare for the pigs.
You can watch a video of the pigs in the barn on Gråsten Landbrugsskole's Facebook page via the link below: https://www.facebook.com/Graasten.Landbrugsskole/videos/929439294779333