Grouping sows – why are farms struggling with it?

In groups, sows are liberated from the crates but face stressful social hierarchy issues.

Group sow housing, despite its animal welfare intentions, may not always be beneficial. What some farmers overlook is the sociability of the sow herd, which can result in adverse interactions, leading to poorer health, welfare, and reproductive outcomes of gestating sows.

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Ha Thu
Regional Correspondent and Assistant Editor, Asian Pork Magazine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ha Thu’s ‘Income from waste, the next big thing in animal production’ explores how processing livestock waste can be an environmentally sustainable, income-generating solution.