Ambassador: Granja Rosa, Spain

Publication date: October 2018 | Theme: Animal welfare

Challenges: Enrichment materials

Feed conversion ratio has improved and pigs have become easier to handle, since this finisher unit owner began changing the type of environmental enrichment in each pen every day to promote the sense of novelty for the pigs. 

The system involves a rotatory system of chains attached to the roof which moves hanging enrichment material from one pen to another. Enrichment materials include pieces of wood, balls, straw containers, plastic rings and hemp ropes.  After a year using this system, the owner also introduced an extra pen called a ‘playroom’, with a combination of different materials in the same room, to which the pigs are moved once a week and another area with deep straw to root in.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (Spain): Emma Fàbrega