The use of farrowing crates in piggeries is the traditional method of keeping the sow from laying on or trampling her piglets. As a result of the revision of the Model Code of practice for the welfare of animals: Pigs, this method is now not considered acceptable for schools. Any school that wishes to use farrowing crates must first seek written approval from SACEC.
This approval is sought by completion of Application form 5, Application for SACEC approval to house production animals intensively.
Schools are encouraged to develop management systems for farrowing that provide the following:
- Space for the sow to move around
- Nesting material for the sow and piglets
- Safe (creep) area for the piglets, reducing the chance of injury or death due to squashing.