Pigs (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (PB7950)

Section 1 - Accommodation


Lighting and Noise Levels

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No. 1870), Schedule 1, paragraphs 3 and 16 state that:
  1. Where animals are kept in a building, adequate lighting (whether fixed or portable) shall be available to enable them to be thoroughly inspected at any time.
  1. Animals kept in buildings shall not be kept without an appropriate period of rest from artificial lighting.
The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003 No. 299), Schedule 6, Part II, paragraphs 8 and 18 state that:
  1. Where pigs are kept in an artificially lit building then lighting with an intensity of at least 40 lux shall be provided for a minimum period of 8 hours per day subject to paragraph 16 of Schedule 1 to these regulations [see box above].
  1. Pigs shall not be exposed to constant or sudden noise. Noise levels above 85 dBA shall be avoided in that part of any building where pigs are kept.
59. You should have enough fixed or portable lighting available at any time if you need to inspect any animals, for example, during farrowing.
60. The siting of machinery such as feed milling units should be appropriate to minimise the noise impact on housed stock. Any bell or buzzer which is likely to occur erratically, for example, a visitor to the site, should be sufficiently loud to attract human attention but without causing undue alarm to the stock.
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