Indicators to monitor pig welfare related to farrowing housing and management.

The pigs’ physiological and behavioural needs are described under “Knowledge”. Based on these needs, five key areas regarding welfare of sows and piglets are identified. For four key areas, indicators are suggested to facilitate welfare inspections on farm:


  • Space and freedom to move
  • Comfortable climate
  • Nest building and exploration
  • Litter size and competition

An overview of indicator factsheets for this topic can be found on the "Indicator factsheets" webpage.