Australia makes positive moves forward with loose housed sows and new farrowing technology

The popularity of pork in Australia has driven change at the barn floor level, including the delivery of a voluntary phase out of sow stalls and the expansion of loose housing systems throughout the country.
calendar icon 14 October 2019
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sows in gestation salls indoor housing
By 2019, the APL proposed that four out of every five Australian sows were loose housed in groups and the industry was continuing to pursue a complete phase out
sow with piglets in an open farrowing environment
Australia’s producers are finding that new technology in well-designed farrowing pens can be reasonably effective in preventing piglet mortality and the risk of aggression in group-housed sows can be limited by good management

Bruce Derksen

Bruce Derksen has worked in Western Canada’s agricultural industry for over 30 years. He now reports on the industry, aiming to give today’s producers up to date information about current and future issues.

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