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

Section 2 - Specific recommendations


The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003 No. 299), Schedule 6, Part III, paragraphs 27 to 29 state that:
  1. Boar pens shall be sited and constructed so as to allow the boar to turn round and to hear, see and smell other pigs, and shall contain clean resting areas.
  2. The lying area shall be dry and comfortable.
  3. (1) The minimum unobstructed floor area for an adult boar shall be 6 m2 save as set out in paragraph 29 (2) herein.
    (2) When boar pens are also used for natural service the floor area must be at least 10 m2 and must be free of any obstacles.
106. Walls between pens should be high enough to prevent boars climbing and/or jumping into adjacent pens. Pens should be sited so that boars can see other pigs. You should not enter boar pens without a pig board and you should be able to escape easily from the pen if the boar becomes aggressive.
107. Boars are generally individually housed and need either plenty of bedding material or a closely controlled environmental temperature. Extremes of temperature can lead to temporary infertility and may affect a boars willingness or ability to work satisfactorily.
108. As a guide, individual accommodation for an adult boar should have a floor area of not less than 7.5 m2 if used for living purposes only. Bedding should be provided in the lying area. In a pen intended for mating purposes, the whole floor area should be kept dry or sufficient bedding provided to give adequate grip during service. The use of small quantities of coarse sand on floors will reduce the risk of slipping.
The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003 No. 299), Schedule 6, Part II paragraph 24 states that:

Boars tusks may be reduced in length where necessary to prevent injuries to other animals or for safety reasons.

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