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Livestock housing, general requirements, pigs - SE KRAV 2006

Mattsson, Eva (2006) Livestock housing, general requirements, pigs - SE KRAV 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The natural behaviour patterns of pigs should be provided for. They shall have the possibility for rooting and food searching behaviour on fallow land, forest or woodland. In the winter this should be in deep litter. Pigs should have access to a mud bath or a water bath in the summer. (KRAV standards paragraph 5.2.1)

Difference

Annex 1, paragraph 8.3.8 states that there shall be exercise areas which must permit rooting. Different substrates can be used for that. Mud baths or water baths are not covered by EU Regulation 2092/91.

Justification

The KRAV standards require that during the non frozen period pigs are out on land, in winter they can be kept in an exercise area. The EU Regulation 2092/91 allows pigs to be kept in an exercise area the year around. There is a qualitative difference to root in substrate or in real soil. The pigs can also be used for uprooting leys etc. Pigs cannot sweat and need water or mud baths to regulate temperature. This is an animal welfare issue.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Animal husbandry, management, transport, identification of livestock products/slaughter - Annex I B6
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Housing and free-range conditions - Annex I B8, see also Annex VIII

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Animal housing
Animal husbandry > Animal health management
Animal husbandry
Country/Standard: Europe > Sweden > Krav
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:1121
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:05 Oct 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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