Animal-based indicators to monitor sow’s welfare related to group-housing and mixing.
The sow’s physiological and behavioural needs are described under “Knowledge”. Based on these needs, four areas regarding welfare of group-housing and mixing are identified. For these key areas, indicators are suggested to facilitate welfare inspections on-farm:
- Mixing of unfamiliar animals
- Competition for resources
- Restrictive feeding
- Climatic and resting comfort
An overview of indicator factsheets for this topic can be found on the "Indicator factsheets" webpage.