conventionally reared swine Aarhus University

Abattoir lesions in finishing pigs vary by production system

Type of injury pigs sustain during growth may be related to which production system they are raised in.

Organic and conventional free-range finishing pigs have more space, no docked tails and more access to roughage and open space compared to indoor finishers, according to an announcement from Aarhus University in Denmark. Thus, it concluded that free-range and organic pig production offers the pigs good opportunities to perform species-specific behaviors -- conditions that aim to improve animal welfare and provide a more natural approach to keeping animals.

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