Type: Chapter

Optimizing pig welfare in the growing and finishing stage


Arlene Garcia

Texas Tech University

John J. McGlone

Texas Tech University

Publication date:

02 February 2021

ID: 9781801460279

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The main objectives of this chapter are to define animal welfare and to identify where intensive production systems may put finishing pigs at risk of poor animal welfare. The chapter discusses pig behavior and how this is affected by production systems, group size, living condition as well as systems for monitoring animal health and care.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Pig behavioral issues that impact pig welfare
3 Production systems
4 Group size
5 Living conditions in indoor systems
6 Animal health and animal care
7 Conclusion and future trends in research
8 Where to look for further information
9 References