Animal Welfare and Production Challenges Associated with Pasture Pig Systems: A Review

Pietrosemoli Castagni, Silvana and Tang, Clara (2020). Animal Welfare and Production Challenges Associated with Pasture Pig Systems: A Review. "Agriculture", v. 10 (n. 6); pp. 1-34. ISSN 2077-0472. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10060223.

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Title: Animal Welfare and Production Challenges Associated with Pasture Pig Systems: A Review
Author/s:
  • Pietrosemoli Castagni, Silvana
  • Tang, Clara
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Agriculture
Date: June 2020
ISSN: 2077-0472
Volume: 10
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: pasture pig systems; threats; animal welfare; pasture-based pig systems; pig production; alternative pig production
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Producción Agraria
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A review of published literature was conducted to identify pasture pig production system features that pose risks to animal welfare, and to develop recommendations aimed at improving the wellbeing of the animals managed in those systems. Pasture pig production systems present specific challenges to animal welfare that are inherent to the nature of these systems where producers have little room to make improvements. However, these systems present other challenges that could be reduced with a carefully designed system, by adopting appropriate management strategies and by avoiding management practices that are likely to negatively affect animal wellbeing. In pasture pig production systems, exposure to extreme temperatures, potential contact with wildlife and pathogens (especially parasites), vulnerability to predators, risk of malnutrition, pre-weaning piglet mortality, complexity of processes for monitoring and treating sick animals, and for cleaning and disinfection of facilities and equipment are among the main threats to animal welfare.

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Item ID: 63151
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/63151/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:63151
DOI: 10.3390/agriculture10060223
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0472/10/6/223/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 08 Sep 2020 08:38
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2020 08:38
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