Gestation Crates for Pigs
Factory farms use gestation crates for pigs to house sows for pork production. Although the method is highly controversial it is an effective way to fatten them for the open market. Limitations to the animal include poor waste disposal, little room for movement.
If the pigs are confined in such situations without introducing them frequently to large pen system the gestation crates are regarded by activist as cruel. However advantages of gestation crates is high efficiency, efficient feed/space maximization, low exercise provision, high nutrition, moderate health issues.
Pros of Gestation Crates for Pigs
Advantages of gestation crate system is convenient management, space and feed efficiency. It is easy to house ten times the number of pigs than an open system. A pig kept in the crates easily attain width of 2.3 feet, length 6.5 feet and weight from 650 to 800 pounds.
- high efficiency
- efficient feed
- good space maximization
- low exercise
- high nutrition
- moderate health issues
- pig information guide
Housing sows in confined environment has many drawbacks. Negative effect of this system is minimalist space for movement, pungent smell from excrement, load noise.
Confined restriction is an un-natural process that causes breathing leg arthritis and depression. Industrial farms maximize profit by breeding the sow regularly in their lifetime.
- minimal space for movement
- pungent smell from excrement
- load noise
- un-natural confinement\health related issues
- regular breeding of sow
Questions and Answers
How long do pigs stay in gestation crates?
The length of time is determined by the farmer. However sows in maternity pens stay 21 days with piglets until they are weaned.
Are Farrowing crates legal?
According to RSPCA Freedom Foods sows are confined to a period not exceeding 10 days.
Types of Gestation Crates
There are different types of gestation crates based on the farmer’s needs. Some are made from wood, steel tube, iron bars, corrugated iron. We have adjustable crates some have anti-corrosive properties.
- Adjustable sizes
- Factory sale
- Steel Tube
- Wooden crates
- Anti-corrosive crates
- Concrete crates
- Block crates
The cost is determined by various factors depening on material used and size. anti corrosive or galvanized steel crates are more expensive than wooden crates.