A Comic of Nina Georgiev
A week before giving birth, the mother of X15 and X11 was moved to a farrowing crate, which is a metal cage hardly any bigger than her own body. It measures 65 cm in width and 190 cm in length. Trapped in this prison, she will give birth to her piglets onto bare concrete floor, [...]
On the documented farm, the mother of X15, as well as her fellow sows have been kept in groups for 4 weeks after having been made pregnant. This form of animal husbandry ended one week before the due date. Farms with less than 10 sows are allowed to keep the expectant mothers separated from each [...]
The piglets were born this morning. Here are the first photos of the nine siblings: You can see more photos of the new arrivals in our Flickr site album “The first weeks”.
In this first video-interview, Elisabeth Sablik from VGT tells us how pig farming operates, and what improvements could be made. (Only available in German.) Looking for more videos. Check out our: YouTube-Channel.
Around four months before piglets are to be born, a sow is made pregnant. What a boar used to do is done today by a pig breeder himself. Artificial insemination is done by using sperm from a special breeding unit. This means that the mother of X11 and X15, the two pigs, whose lives we will be [...]
Piglets spend the first few weeks of their lives with their mother, but she is imprisoned in a so-called “farrowing crate”. This is a kind of cage which is just big enough for her to take a few paces backwards and forwards, whilst turning around is practically impossible. As a result she is unable to [...]