Although there are differences in welfare standards between the labels there are advantages and disadvantages to all these systems. For example, in free-range systems, it can be challenging to keep the pigs warm through winter and the pigs rooting with their snouts can cause soil erosion. Equally, it can be difficult to satisfy the behavioural needs of pigs to root in non-straw based indoor systems. There are also differences in production costs between the systems. It costs more to raise an organic pig, than a free-range pig, which is more expensive to rear than an indoor housed pig. This has an understandable impact on the price consumers pay for the meat.
ADAS supports businesses in overcoming the challenges they face as they strive to make continuous improvement in farm animal health and welfare. We deliver a wide range of consultancy, research and training in relation to the health and welfare of all major livestock species (including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry), working to improve stock performance, ensure consumer needs are met and enhance industry reputation, both within the UK and globally.
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For more information on ADAS services, please visit our Animal Health and Welfare Services page.