The objectives of the current study were to determine the degree to which space allocation in a deep-bedded hoop structures influences swine performance and pork quality. The deep-bedded method employed in the current study was the use of hoop structures; Pigs finished at lower stocking rates had significantly lower muscling in the loin and produced pork appearing significantly darker than pigs stocked at higher rates. No significant differences in growth rate, carcass composition were noted. No differences in pork water holding capacity or tenderness were detected. It is concluded that stocking density ranging from 7.5 ft2/pig to 12.00 ft2/pig does not influence swine growth performance or pork quality.
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