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

Section 2 - Specific recommendations

Pigs kept in outdoor husbandry systems

Farrowing sows and piglets
125. In hot conditions, lactating sows may be prompted to leave the arc to seek more comfortable conditions outside, effectively abandoning her litter. Farrowing arcs should be insulated and have provision for some degree of extra ventilation such as manually controlled flaps.
The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003 No. 299), Schedule 6, Part IV, paragraph 35 states that:

Farrowing pens where sows are kept loose must have some means of protecting the piglets, such as farrowing rails.

126. Farrowing arcs should be sited on level ground to reduce the risk of overlying. Suitable restrainer boards should be used to prevent very young piglets from straying during the post-farrowing period.
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