Indicators to monitor pig welfare related to arrival and lairage management.
The pigs’ physiological and behavioural needs are described under “Knowledge”. Based on these needs, three key areas challenging welfare of pigs arriving and being handled at the slaughterhouse are identified:
- Arrivals at the slaughterhouse
- Handling and moving pigs in lairage
- Lairage and comfort around resting
For these key areas, indicators are suggested to identify and manage animal welfare problems, and support the evaluation of compliance with the legal frameworks of Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 and 1/2005 that regulate the legal requirements related to arrival and lairage management.
An overview of indicator factsheets for this topic can be found on the "Indicator factsheets" webpage.