Welfare Issues Impact Swine Production

US - The use of individual gestation accommodations (IGAs) for dry sows in commercial pork production is an issue that has raised much debate.
calendar icon 18 March 2009
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Public perceptions and misconceptions of welfare issues have the potential to dramatically impact swine production.

The nine-member international Task Force of this new Issue Paper critically evaluates the scientific evidence of IGAs for sows, including considerations for behaviour, nutrition and feeding, reproduction, clinical examination and health, manure management, worker safety, and system design.

The authors indicate that no compelling evidence exists from scientific evaluations and comparisons of dry-sow keeping systems that, overall, either individual or group accommodation is more appropriate than the other.

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- You can view the paper by clicking here.
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