EURCAW-Pigs' scientific output

Review documents and thematic factsheets summarize the latest scientific and practical knowledge for eight prioritized welfare areas. Each review first provides background information describing the biological relevance of the topic. It is then structured along the most important risk areas identified for that welfare area, describes why welfare issues occur and mentions the indicators that can help official inspectors to identify these welfare issues.

To allow official inspectors to link these welfare areas with verification of compliance, the review then states relevant EU legislation. Finally, the review summarizes ways of good and better practices that can help to solve the previously described welfare problems. The thematic factsheets give a quick and easy overview of the topics.


  1. Tail docking and tail biting: Thematic factsheet & Webdossier
  2. Management of unweaned piglets: Short review & Webdossier 'Tail docking and tail biting' & Webdossier 'Farrowing housing and management'
  3. Existing practices and current research on feedback of tail slaughter findings: Short review & Webdossier 'Tail docking and tail biting'
  4. Farrowing housing and management: Review & Thematic factsheet & Webdossier
  5. Alternatives to farrowing crates: Review & Webdossier 'Farrowing housing and management'
  6. Group-housing and mixing of sows: Review & Thematic factsheet & Webdossier
  7. Hunger induced behaviours: aggression and stereotypies (sows): Review & Webdossier 'Group-housing and mixing of sows'
  8. Heat stress on farm: Review & Webdossier
  9. Alternatives to stalls for sows after weaning and in early pregnancy: Review & Webdossier 'Group-housing and mixing of sows'


  1. Climate control and space allowance: Review & Thematic factsheet
  2. Fitness for transport: Review & Thematic factsheet
  3. Transport of sows: Review & Webdossier 'Climate control and space allowance' & Webdossier 'Fitness for transport'

Slaughter and killing

  1. Arrival and lairage management at pig slaughterhouses: Review & Thematic factsheet & Webdossier
  2. Pig welfare in slaughterhouses at stunning and bleeding: Review & Thematic factsheet & Webdossier
  3. Euthanasia of suckling piglets on farm: Review & Thematic factsheet & Webdossier