What does the new Welfare Code mean for you?
The updated Welfare Code sets out a number of new requirements for pig producers, but for the vast majority, it should not be too onerous. It has not come into force yet; following a 40-day period in parliament, it will be formally approved by a Defra Minister and will come into force 21 days later. This is expected to happen early next year (2020) but a date has not yet been fixed.
There are new elements, notably related to tail docking, enrichment and record keeping, as well as a clear signal from Government that it would like to see farrowing crates phased out over time.
Useful links and information
Tail Biting WebHAT: The Tail Biting WebHAT (Web based Husbandry Advisory Tool) provides information about the key risks in pigs and practical suggestions to help reduce them on-farm. It takes you through a series of steps, to repeat on an ongoing basis, to help you and your vet monitor and reduce the risks.
Environmental enrichment for pigs: This guide aims to give practical advice to pig farmers surrounding the complex issue of providing suitable environmental enrichment to pigs.
Defra draft code of practice for the welfare of pigs
Lux meter: A light (lux) meter is used to measure the amount of light distributed over a particular area at a specified distance from the light source. For information on lighting for pig buildings, click here.
Pig Hub: https://www.pighub.org.uk
APHA disease surveillance
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