Aussie pig farmers confident of welfare changes
Australian pig farmers say they are confident they will
have enough time to adapt to a new welfare code for their
Under the code, which has been approved by the federal and state governments,
sow stalls will have to be increased and will only be allowed to hold sows for
six weeks of their pregnancy instead of 16.
Producers have been given
ten years to make the changes.
Leon De Groot says it is another cost for drought-hit farmers, but most are
willing to improve welfare.
"We will have to make some changes," he
"In our individual situation here we've got sow stall that are
probably five or 10 centimetres too short.
"Knowing that these
agreements are coming along and they've been debated and looked at over the
period of time now, we accept that position at this
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