High welfare housed systems:
A ban on stalls and tethers in response to demands from consumers
insisting on higher levels of animal welfare was introduced in the
UK in advance of any other EU country. Breeding stock and technology
have been developed for systems that allow for loose housing of
groups of sows in straw yards.
Low capital cost extensive systems:
The need to reduce capital investment and maintain high levels of
welfare have led to re-invention of outdoor pig keeping on an
massive scale. The face of the countryside has been changed with the
development of extensive production units for hundreds of sows.
As animal welfare takes on increasing importance in world trade
negotiations Britain leads the way in breeding stock and technology
for the future.