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Hooped Shelters for Hogs
Hooped shelters have evolved as an alternative hog-finishing and/or gestating sow housing option. This publication discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of using hooped structures. It provides information on hoop barn design, deep bedding, waste management, and minimal-stress handling, as well as some cost analyses. In addition, it discusses the use of hoop barns for organic hog production and for Niman Ranch hog producers. Sources of additional information are also provided.