Indicators to monitor pig welfare related to climate control and space allowance during transport.

The pigs’ physiological and behavioural needs are described under “Knowledge”.

The welfare of animals during transport is for a significant part dependent on being able to:

  • thermoregulate effectively, including being able to access sources of water;
  • on the ability of the animals to perform basic behaviours such as standing and lying, to adopt a normal position, to limit risks for injuries, stress and panic.

For both areas, i.e. ‘Climate control’ and ‘Space allowance’, indicators are suggested to facilitate welfare inspections. An overview of indicator factsheets for this topic can be found on the "Indicator factsheets" webpage.