1. 2015-01-01 One of the newest additions to the ECHO Global Farm is the Natural Farming Pig System located in the Tropical Lowlands area. This component is based on the Natural Farming approach developed in East and Southeast Asia which focuses on harnessing the impact of beneficial microbes for enhancing...
  2. Deep Litter. In order to fulfill EPA regulations that require an impervious bottom to all waste handling facilities, there must be either a concrete slab or a thick (30 mil) plastic liner as the base of the building. Green waste, with a minimum depth of 4 feet, is then strategically layered to...
  3. Natural Deep Bed Pig Farminguses indigenous micro-organisms (IMO's) to create and maintain a healthydeep bed litter flooring. It is these micro-organisms that will help break down fecal matter rapidly leaving you with a fertilizer rich material whilst ensure no smells or flies (an important...
  4. Research has shown the average daily body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and survival rate of piglets raised in deep-litter pig pens to be equal or superior to those raised in conventional concrete floor pig houses (Sheen, 2005, Correa, 2009). There are also benefits for animal welfare – by...
  5. 2016-05-17 While touring ECHO in Fort Myers, we saw this interesting way of raising pigs in a small space via a deep litter pig pen. Even if you don't have a big farm or yard, this would let you raise bacon. Best of all, there was no smell and you end up with a lot of compost. Great setup....
  6. An on-farm demonstration found sawdust, peanut hulls and sorghum stubble, as well as barley straw, to be suitable bedding materials for pigs. It also found growth rates to be within expectations. Peanut hulls and sawdust provided the driest surface, though extra bedding can be added to reduce...
  7. Deep litter systems are living systems in which a thick layer of carbon-rich organic matter hosts a thriving microbial community which works to break down solid and liquid wastes from animals as they are produced. Such as system doesn't require regular cleaning out, and has the added benefit of...
  8. The key to maintaining a no smell, no clean system is an inoculated deep litter floor that actively composts manure and safely processes toxins right under the pigs feet. The living floor keeps the pigs clean and healthy with no need to remove or worry about their manure. Pigs will naturally turn...
  9. Abstract : Veterinary World, 2015 Aim: The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of deep litter housing and fermented feed on carcass characteristics and meat quality of crossbred Hampshire pigs. Materials and Methods: Forty-eight weaned crossbred Hampshire piglets of 2 months age (24...
  10. Abstract,Water Science and Technology, 1993 The traditional method of waste disposal employed by pig producers in Malaysia is washing wastes down with plenty of water. While this method cleans the pig pens and cools down the animals, it generates a lot of wastewaters which pollute the waterways...