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Pig welfare scientific review completed

Review provides recommendations and suggestions for future research for several welfare issues relevant to the Australian pig industry 

A global review of scientific literature and international pig welfare standards has been completed by researchers at the Animal Welfare Science Centre at the University of Melbourne. Completed in December 2018, the review provides recommendations and  suggestions for future research for several welfare issues relevant to the Australian pig industry including:

  • gestating sows (including gilts)
  • farrowing/lactating sows and piglets, including painful husbandry practices
  • weaner and growing-finishing pigs
  • boars
  • outdoor housing
  • specific physiological and behavioural problems in pigs
  • human resource management

All pigs farmed in Australia are presently governed by the Australian Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals – Pigs, last updated and approved by the Primary Industries Ministerial Council in April 2007.

The review will help inform the development of the new Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Pigs, which will be overseen by the Animal Welfare Task Group, chaired by Will Zacharin.

Review of the scientific literature and the international pig welfare codes and standards to underpin the future Standards and Guidelines for Pigs. Final Report APL Project 2017/2217. L Hemsworth, P Hemsworth, R Acharya, J Skuse. 2018. Animal Welfare Science Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 147 pp.

Article details

  • Date
  • 10 April 2019
  • Source
  • Australian Pork Limited
  • Subject(s)
  • Veterinary medicine