VIDEO CLIPS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT STRATEGIES FOR GROUP-HOUSED SOWS
Summary: This video clip contains testimonials from pig producers who participated in a project to enrich the living space of gestating sows housed in groups. Six farms across Canada participated in this project and three different enrichment items were installed in the sow pens (Photos 1 to 6):
A chain suspended from the ceiling, the end of which is approximately 10 cm (4 in.) above the floor (Photos 2 et 3);
A piece of wood suspended by a chain, set at a height of 81 to 91 cm (32-36 in.) above the floor (Photos 4 and 5). The height corresponds to the average height of a trough, about the height of a sow’s nose;
A Porcichew toy (ring of aromatic plastic), suspended by a chain, fixed at a height of 81 to 91 cm (32-36 inches) above the floor (Photo 2). The height corresponds to the average height of a drinking trough, about the height of a sow’s nose (photo 6).
We would like to thank the following Canadian hog producers who participated in this project:
M. John Van Engelen, Hog Tied Farms
M. Geert Geene, Amberley Bacon Company
M. Tom Kennelly, Sunhaven Farms
Mme Christine Marcotte, Ferme Sainte-Catherine
M. Francis Veilleux, Ferme porcine L.V.
M. Ken Waldner, Matador Colony
Photo 1: The three enrichment items installed in the same pen at the Amberley Bacon Company farm (chain, Porcichew
and piece of wood).
Photo 2: Chain anchored in the ceiling
Photo 3: Sow playing with the chain
Photo 4: Installation of the piece of wood, fixed on a chain
Photo 5: Sows playing with the piece of wood
Photo 6 : Porcichew
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This project was funded by Swine Innovation Porc within the Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results Through Innovation research program. Funding was provided by Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada through the AgriInnovation Program, provincial producer organizations and industry partners.