ANIMAL WELFARE AND ECONOMIC OPTIMISATION OF FARROWING SYSTEMS

Currently, farrowing crates dominate indoor pig farrowing in the UK (~ 60% of herds). Such systems raise welfare problems due to close confinement of the sow. Although, many alternative housing systems have been developed in different countries, no commercially viable/feasible option has emerged for large-scale units. We have reviewed current scientific and practical knowledge of farrowing systems to identify alternative systems, their welfare and production potential. Our aim is to establish acceptable trade-offs between profit and welfare within alternative farrowing systems using linear programming, hence designing high welfare but commercially viable alternatives to the farrowing crate. System-specific results of interactions between welfare components and financial performances have been analysed and presented in this paper.


Issue Date:
2009
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/61124
JEL Codes:
alternative housing systems; animal welfare; economic optimisation; farrowing systems; pig
Note:
5
Series Statement:
Working Paper
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