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AHDB Pork continues to work closely with the pig industry, Government, universities and allied industry organisations to further enhance the welfare of pigs throughout their production life on farm, during transport and at slaughter. 

Finishers

We aim to provide up-to-date training and advice on welfare issues to help pig producers comply with existing and emerging legislation. Welfare is a component of much of the training provided by our skills and training programmes.

Current important welfare themes AHDB is working on include:

    • Real Welfare Scheme – on-farm assessment of finisher pig welfare using animal-based “welfare outcomes”. For more information on Real Welfare, click here.  A report on Real Welfare and scientific paper have been published and can be downloaded, or a summary viewed in this video
  • Provision of environmental enrichment – it is a legal requirement for pig producers to provide pigs at all production stages with permanent access to environmental enrichment materials. For a guide and suggestions on how this may be achieved, click here
  • Finding solutions to tail biting and tail docking – tail biting is a key undesirable behaviour in pigs that can have a considerably negative impact on pig welfare and production. For further information on the risks associated with tail biting and suggested solutions to reduce them on farm, an interactive Tail Biting WebHAT (Husbandry Advisory Tool) has been developed and can be used here.

Other welfare themes include: freedom around farrowing; euthanasia of sick/injured pigs; transport and slaughter.