These nursery pigs are gathered on the mat. Notice the open weave metal flooring.
Comfort mats for young pigs serve many purposes. They insulate the pigs from the flooring, isolate them from drafts through open flooring, and allow them to more easily adapt to open flooring. At placement, their feet may not be large enough to work well with the flooring, and comfort mats allow them to escape a potentially uncomfortable situation.
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Faculty: Dr. Paul Pitcher
Student: Sandra Springer,'99