- uploaded: Jul 20, 2012
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The pig industry consists of two different herds, each with its own function. The breeding sows function is to produce as many piglets as possible.
The role of the piglets is to produce meat. They are reared to the age of 4-6 months then they are slaughtered.
Sows are kept in sow stalls or tether stalls. Sow stalls are metal-barred stalls which are so narrow that the sow cannot even turn around, she can only take a step forwards or backwards. Sows are confined in these stalls throughout their 16½ weeks of pregnancy, for pregnancy after pregnancy. This means that the sows are imprisoned this way most of their lives.