Is your feeding system the best option for your sows?

Do you floor-feed? Do you use individual feeding stalls? And what exactly are the welfare implications of adopting different feeding systems?

Conclusions

Hunger is one of the most basic, primitive and unremitting of all emotions (Webster, 1995). Regardless of the feeding system, it is essential that all group-housed sows can access the feeding area and feed with minimal risk to their welfare. This requires careful consideration of pen design, particularly around the feeding area, combined with continued efforts to improve sow satiety.

Aggression in floor-feeding systems peaks immediately following the delivery of food and continues until most of the food is consumed
Aggression in floor-feeding systems peaks immediately following the delivery of food and continues until most of the food is consumed
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Dr Megan Verdon

Research fellow, University of Tasmania

Dr Megan Verdon has worked as a research fellow with Zoos Victoria, the University of Melbourne and, currently, the University of Tasmania.

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