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

Section 1 - Accommodation

Automated and Mechanical Equipment

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No. 1870), Schedule 1, paragraphs 18 - 21, state that:
  1. All automated or mechanical equipment essential for the health and well being of the animals shall be inspected at least once a day to check there is no defect in it.
  2. Where defects in automated or mechanical equipment of the type referred to in the paragraph above are discovered, these shall be rectified immediately, or if this is impossible, appropriate steps shall be taken to safeguard the health and well-being of the animals pending the rectification of such defects including the use of alternative methods of feeding and watering and methods of providing and maintaining a satisfactory environment.
  3. Where the health and well-being of the animals is dependent on an artificial ventilation system -

    (a) provision shall be made for an appropriate back-up system to guarantee sufficient air renewal to preserve the health and well-being of the animals in the event of failure of the system; and

    (b) an alarm system (which will operate even if the principal electricity supply to it has failed) shall be provided to give warning of any failure of the system.
  4. The back-up system shall be thoroughly inspected and the alarm system shall each be tested at least once every seven days in order to check that there is no defect in the system and, if any defect is found (whether when the system is inspected or tested in accordance with this paragraph or at any other time) it shall be rectified immediately.
61. All mains electrical equipment should meet relevant standards and be properly earthed, safeguarded from rodents and out of the pigs reach.
62. All equipment, including feed hoppers, drinkers, ventilation equipment, heating and lighting units, fire extinguishers and alarm systems, should be cleaned and inspected regularly and kept in good working order.
63. All automatic equipment used in intensive systems should be thoroughly inspected by the stock-keeper, or other competent person, not less than once each day to check that there are no defects. Any defect must be rectified immediately.
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