EU Pig Directive - January 2013 deadline
Producers will need to be aware of the remaining provisions that will need to be in place by 1 January 2013. These include:
- Provisions for concrete slatted floors - maximum width of openings and minimum
slat widths (10 pigs or more)
- For sows and gilts, the length of the sides of pens (10 pigs or more)
- For sows and gilts, minimum unobstructed floor area and dimensions for solid floor.
Also, the Welfare of Farmed Animals Wales Regulations 2007 introduced the provision below in full:
- The need for all sows and gilts to have permanent access to manipulable(enrichment) material. (Applies to all pig producers).
- To enable proper investigation and manipulation activities, all pigs must have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of material such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, mushroom compost, peat or a mixture of such which does not adversely
affect the health of the animals.
Producers will need to check that both the above provisions are implemented; you can obtain advice about the specific requirements from your local Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) or Assurance scheme bodies.
The welfare standards as set out in the Pig Welfare Directive form part of cross-compliance regulations.
Not only would non-compliance be a legal issue, it could also be a costly one.