Second annual MS officials meeting took place in BrusselsOn October 5 and 6, 2022, EURCAW-Pigs organised a second annual meeting for Competent Authorities and policy workers of EU Member States on pig welfare legislation. The programme for these meetings focus on the topics that the officials want to discuss, and there is ample opportunity to engage in dialogue with colleagues from other Member States as well as pig welfare scientists.
Future possible work topics discussed in third Reflection Board meetingA third Reflection Board meeting between EURCAW-Pigs and representatives of the pig supply chain, related professional organisations and civil society organisations was held remotely via MS Teams on November 24th of November 2022. The Board was represented by seven delegates.
Challenges facing inspectors in the field are multifaceted and complexDrawing on fieldwork in four European countries, EURCAW-Pigs identified the needs of inspectors by examining the challenges they face in the conduct of their work, with a focus on assessing welfare on farm and at slaughter.
"Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions"
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Services and activities
EURCAW-Pigs provides scientific and technical knowledge to Competent Authorities of EU member states and their support bodies, for the official controls on pig welfare requirements laid down in the European pig welfare legislation.
Inspiring example: Active stall fatteners
Gabriele Mörixmann, a German Farmer, shows in the video her active stall for fatteners, which provides different adequate enrichments. She is housing pigs with intact tails. The stall also provides a darkened lying area and hospital pens. In standard housings pigs live mostly in barren environments. One risk factor for tail biting is inadequate environmental enrichment. Environmental enrichment should provide possibilities for performing exploration, foraging and comfort behaviour.
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