Outdoor Bred Raised Indoors on Straw pork production means that sows are kept outdoors for their entire life as per Free Range standards.

Piglets are born and raised under Free Range standards until weaning when they move to deep litter housing for growing and/or finishing.

Deep litter housing systems are normally comprised of large open-sided sheds, hoop-like structures, with deep litter flooring (rice hulls, straw, sawdust or similar), sometimes referred to generically as 'deep litter housing' that accommodate compatible groups of pigs.

For information on APIQ Outdoor Bred  Rasied Indoors on Straw Certification go to www.apiq.com.au

Video Interview

Deep litter housing of pigs in various size groups on bedding is becoming an increasingly popular way to raise pigs in Australia.

Photogallery

  • A different style of group housing
  • A group of pregnant sows barn rared
  • Animal care is a primary concern for all pig farmers
  • Content, relaxed animals in barn rared environment
  • Contented group of pregnant barn rared sows
  • Conveyor belts deliver food to the various sheds when required
  • External view of facilities for group housing of pigs
  • Feed mill operations also form a vital part of the food chain
  • Finisher pigs, content in their own space
  • Group housed finisher pigs prior to going to market
  • Group housing of sows requires good stockmanship
  • Mingling with mates
  • Relaxing...
  • Silos used for storage of feed grain for pigs
  • Socialising finisher pigs
  • Socialising...
  • Still sees the pigs relaxed and enjoying each others company

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Growing Temperature

Pigs are unable to perspire. They lose heat through their mouths and their ideal growing temperature is 20–22ºC.