FREE indispensable resources of information about pigs

Below are key FREE reports that provide authoritative information on raising pigs in a higher welfare way. Whether you wish to practice natural pig farming, free range or pig raising systems based on a factory farming mentality the information in the reports below will give you the knowledge to make informed decisions about how to maximise your pig welfare.

Good Agricultural Practice: Pig Production materials

  

Essential reading! Make sure you download the PDF case study section as well as the main report content (see links below). This is an excellent resource with lots of photographs that tells you in a clear, easy to understand way all aspects of pig behavior, what their welfare needs are and how best you can raise pigs in a way that respects their natures. Leave a donation to help CIWF fight for pig welfare. Every penny or cent will help.

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/includes/documents/cm_docs/2008/g/gap_book.pdf

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/includes/documents/cm_docs/2008/g/gap_pig_case_studies.pdf


 

 

FILM: Good Agricultural Practice Pig Production

Highly recommended! Watch this short 25 minute film that shows how the natural behavior of pigs is thwarted in intensive pig farming and what practical methods of higher welfare pig farming can do to respect pigs core needs. Includes interviews with farmers, scientists, supermarket buyer and a veterinarian.

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/resources/education/pig_production.aspx 

Europa (European Union) Pig Welfare Reports

 

A must read. This landmark report by the European Union Scientific Veterinary Committees report " The Welfare of Intensively Kept Pigs" tells you pretty much everything you need to know about what is wrong with the way the majority of pigs are raised today and what needs to be done to improve the welfare situation of pigs. It looked at 1000’s of scientific studies on pig behavior and conditions in factory farms to recommend fundamental changes to the way pigs are intensively farmed. This is a must read for anyone raising pigs.

 

 

This Scientific Opinion on the welfare aspects of the castration of piglets report by the Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare examines the effect of castration on piglets and explores ways in which piglets welfare can be improved.

 

 

 

 

This Scientific Opinion on the welfare of weaners and rearing pigs: effects of different space allowances and floor types looks at  on the effects of different space allowances and floor types applicable to the welfare of weaners and rearing pigs.

 

This Scientific Opinion on animal health and welfare in fattening pigs in relation to housing and husbandry looks at all aspects of welfare including the effects of stocking density, including group size and grouping methods, space requirements and the impact of stall design and different flooring types taking into account different climatic conditions.

 

This Scientific Opinion on the animal health and welfare aspects of different housing and husbandry systems for adult breeding boars, pregnant, farrowing sows and unweaned piglets looks at the effects of stocking density, the implications of space requirements and the impact of stall design and different flooring types taking into account different climatic conditions, the latest developments of group housing systems for pregnant and farrowing sows with piglets through weaning and the latest developments of loose-house systems for sows in the service area and for farrowing sows with piglets through weaning.

 

 

This Scientific Opinion on the risks associated with tail biting in pigs and possible means to reduce the need for tail docking considering the different housing and husbandry systems (click here).

 

 

 

 

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