AASV Board amends sow housing position statement

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At the request of the leadership of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), the Pig Welfare Committee reviewed the association’s position statement on pregnant sow housing approved in July 2002. Following its review, the Committee proposed a revised sow housing position statement for consideration by the AASV Board during its 2012 Fall meeting. The board modified the proposed wording and adopted the following statement.

AASV Position Statement on Sow Housing
As swine veterinarians, our mission is to protect and improve the health and well-being of the animal. Given the variability inherent in different housing systems, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians supports the use of sow housing configurations that:

  • · Provide every animal with access to appropriate food and water;
  • · Protect sows and piglets from detrimental effects associated with environmental extremes, particularly temperature extremes;
  • · Reduce exposure to hazards that result in disease, pain or injury to sows or piglets;
  • · Allow sows and piglets to express appropriate behaviors and minimize expression of inappropriate behaviors within the constraints of the housing type;
  • · Minimize aggression and competition between sows;
  • · Promote good air quality and allow proper sanitation; and
  • · Facilitate evaluation and care of individual animals while protecting worker safety

We strive to foster these essential components where supported by the scientific literature, in all housing systems. Our goal is to teach and promote appropriate stockmanship, which is as important as housing type in meeting the needs of the animals.

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Iowa  |  December, 04, 2012 at 09:27 AM

This is a good Position for all vets . I assume that Minimizing aggression would be a strong support for protective gestation stalls. I helped walk some sows to farrowing yesterday and I am always pleased by the clean smooth skin and white hair , free of any scratches or injuries and ready to have 13-17 babies each . The most impressive thing is the uniform condition that doesn't happen consistently penned groups . I am proud that we spent the extra dollars moved from pens in the 1970's to protect our sows.

MN  |  December, 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM

Kudos to the swine vets! Very happy to see you emphasize both scientific literature and the education of the swine handler. Thank you for the time and effort it took to develop this position statement.

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