Intensive housing: the last straw for pigs?

  title={Intensive housing: the last straw for pigs?},
  author={M R Baxter},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  volume={67 9},
  • M R Baxter
  • Published 1989 in Journal of animal science
The concept of coping can be used to relate the environmental conditions provided for livestock to their responses--their productivity and their welfare. Pigs are "ecological generalists" and hence are "designed" to cope with a wide variety of environmental conditions. They, however, show clear limits to their adaptability both in terms of the space they require and the pen materials they can endure without injury. Even where they adapt to a wide range of conditions, there often is a particular… CONTINUE READING

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