Danes unite to form a sow pool

Five producers in Denmark are responding to the imminent arrival of new European Union animal welfare regulations by making a joint investment in a new herd of 5,000 sows. Their existing sow housing would not meet the EU’s requirement for group gestation that takes effect in January 2013.

Five producers in Denmark are responding to the imminent arrival of new European Union animal welfare regulations by making a joint investment in a new herd of 5,000 sows.

Their existing sow housing would not meet the EU’s requirement for group gestation that takes effect in January 2013. Rather than doing individual re-fits of these facilities, however, they have decided to put the money into creating a central site for piglet production and will convert their own buildings into grow-finish places.

The location on a former manor estate of 1,600 hectares was chosen principally because it will allow a pig-free zone of about 3 kilometres around the sow herd for health protection purposes.
 

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