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This section contains a welfare potential matrix of the different production systems for sows and meat pigs, as well as a summary of the key welfare issues for sows and meat pigs, and how to measure welfare outcomes on farm for sows and meat pigs.

There are also resources with detailed information about the different mutilations carried out in meat pigs: Piglet Castration (summary and full information sheet), Tooth reduction (summary and full information sheet), and tail docking and tail biting (summary and full information sheet).

You can also find resources about the two major challenges in the production of sows: Group housing for dry sows (summary and full information sheet) and a practical guide on indoor housing for sows and how to successfully manage the system; Free farrowing (summary and full information sheet) and practical guidance to successfully manage it.

Or find out how Compassion's welfare criteria for sows and meat pigs compare with other welfare schemes here.

There are also information sheets available about about EU pig meat production and the consumer perception of pig meat production.

 

How welfare schemes compare to Compassion's criteria for higher welfare - Pigs

A comprehensive table comparing the various welfare initiatives and how they compare with Compassion's welfare criteria for sows and meat pigs.

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Indoor free-farrowing systems for sows - practical options

A practical guide on free-farrowing systems for sows, outlining examples of alternatives to the farrowing crate, some of which are already in use on commercial farms.

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Welfare Outcome Summary - Sows

Welfare outcomes are an animal-based method of assessing factors that contribute to an animal’s quality of welfare. This information sheet provides a selection of the main…

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Welfare Potential Matrix - Sows and Meat Pigs

A summary table which outlines the welfare potential by production system for sows and meat pigs using a ‘Bad-Better-Best’ model.

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Welfare Issues Table - Sows

Summary table which outlines the main welfare issues experienced by sows and offers some alternative solutions.

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Welfare Issues Table - Meat Pigs

Summary table which outlines the main welfare issues experienced by meat pigs and offers some alternative solutions.

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Welfare Outcome Summary - Pigs

Welfare outcomes are an animal-based method of assessing factors that contribute to an animal’s quality of welfare. This information sheet provides a selection of the main…

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SUMMARY - Piglet castration and alternatives

A summary of our technical information sheet on the topic in a simpler, easy to read format.

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Indoor housing for dry sows - practical options

A practical guide on indoor housing systems for sows, outlining examples of well designed and managed group housing systems. It discusses the elements required for good housing…

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SUMMARY - Group housing systems for dry sows

A summary of our technical information sheet on the topic in a simpler, easy to read format.

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