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Physical planning of intensive systems of beef cattle using systematic layout planning as an analytical tool and its relationship with animal well-being

By M. C. C. Guimaraes, K. R. A. Inoue, M. M. Bueno, F. C. Baeta, A. C. G. Tibirica, I. F. F. Tinoco

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The intensification of animal production systems suggests that the future of production is not the increase of the herd, but the increase of productivity. The main goal of facility design is to provide space for a specific purpose, and to provide optimal conditions for its development; transforming human and animal needs into environments that meet the minimum requirements of comfort and functionality. When a facility designer knows and respects the biology of the animals and their behavior as well as how to provide adequate facilities, it is possible to improve animal welfare. As a result, there are better economic results both in the increase in efficiency of the system of creation, and in the ability to acquire products with better quality. Through diagnosis systems used in intensive beef cattle production units in the northern part of the state of Minas Gerais, problems were identified in each unit. These systems were classified by the study of activity and facility flows. This data analysis used SLP (Systematic Planning Layout) to identify, visualize and classify activities. This tool made it possible to establish relationships between all the facilities that make up the intensive beef cattle system. This information was summarized in a preferential relationship form that presents alternatives to the physical arrangement of facilities. This prioritized and optimized the flow of displacement for existing workers and animals, as well as the prediction of facility design, providing support in the evaluation and development of projects, aimed at animal welfare.

Date 2008
Publisher International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR), Institut fur Landtechnik
Language English
Author Address Agricultural Engineering Department, AMBIAGRO/UFV, Vicosa, MG, Brazil. mclaracg@yahoo.com.br
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  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Brazil
  4. Cattle
  5. Design
  6. Developed countries
  7. Farms
  8. Intensive production
  9. Latin America
  10. Mammals
  11. Meat animals
  12. Methodologies
  13. Policy and Planning
  14. South America
  15. Threshold Countries
  16. United States of America