Identifying characteristics of a successful free farrowing sow

Project Details


To address the Animal Welfare Foundation's 2021 research call on the topic of 'breeding and welfare' existing data from the FREESOW project (2012-2015 - Sainsbury's) will be re-evaluated to identify the phenotypic traits that make a good free farrowing mother. The project will concentrate on behavioural data collected on gilt temperament during the project, as well as farrowing data and performance.
Short titleWhat makes a good free farrowing mother?
Effective start/end date1/02/2231/05/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • Pig
  • Welfare
  • Behaviour
  • Breeding


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