Opinion on Free Farrowing Systems: Farm Animal Welfare Committee

Farm Animal Welfare Committee

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The UK indoor pig industry has relied on close confinement of sows in farrowing crates during the farrowing and lactating period for the last 50 years. During that time, farrowing crate design has varied and evolved, and while many attempts have been made to farrow sows indoors without close confinement, no such system has been adopted commercially until recently. This Opinion will review recent developments in indoor farrowing, considering outdoor systems only for comparison.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDEFRA Farm Animal Welfare Committee
Commissioning bodyDefra Farm Animal Welfare Committee
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2015


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