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Animal welfare

Selected best practices

During the survey conducted in the initial phase through questionnaires sent to the national expert groups, a relevant number of best practices related to quality pig farming emerged.

Among them, 21 best practices were selected by the project team, considered particularly useful for the training process of the course, and included within the BREED Toolkit as key component of the BREED training.

The details of the selected best practices are provided below in this page.

1 Reducing mortality

1.1 Careful selection of the farrowing hut (nest area), isolation of the hut bottom from cold / wet soil, the use of a litter

2 Early warning of diseases and production

2.1 Early detection of health and welfare compromises through automated detection of behavioral changes in pigs      

2.2 Use of precision livestock farming techniques

3 Optimal vaccination strategies

3.1 Livestock Case Scenario

3.2 Autogenous-stabulogenic vaccines

4 Tail biting

4.1 Preventive measures to avoid tail bites

4.2 No tail cut

5 Enrichment materials   

5.1 Animal welfare

6 Feed efficiency  

6.1 Free-range growing pigs – effect of feeding strategy and genotype on animal behaviour, performance and meat quality

6.2 Animal welfare aspects of good agricultural practice 

7 Increase gilts and sows performance 

7.1 Improving health and welfare of pigs

7.2 Provide well balanced feed for pigs

8 Caring for the environment 

8.1 Right manure management

8.2 Adequate loads of live weight on the land

8.3 Pasture Rotation

9 Biosecurity

9.1 Food quality and safety control

9.2 Farm protection with anti-wild boar fences

10 Data collection and support decision making

10.1 Apply the same practices as intensive breeding

11 Digital communication tools

11.1 Automate complex communication

11.2 Reach more people

12 Sales

12.1 Analyze and engage