Achieving humane production in the Australian pig industry

Australia's pig farmers encounter some very different challenges in maintaining good standards of welfare on farm, but RSPCA Australia feel that they haven't yet got the recognition they deserve for the work they do.
calendar icon 16 October 2019
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a sow rests in a wallow outdoors while her piglets run around her
Ensuring proper shade provision and wallowing, preventing sunburn, and allowing pigs to actually cool off is essential to maintaining high standards of health and welfare, and outdoor producers are very aware of this

"If we have a free-farrowing system but sows have no substrate to build a nest with, is it really meeting their needs?"

-Talulah Gaunt, RSPCA Australia Humane Food Marketing Officer-
piglet roots around in straw enrichment
Significantly higher input costs, specifically in terms of feed and, mainly for outdoor production, bedding materials, are holding Australian production back

Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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