Pig mortality - death by design
Average pre-weaning mortality
Average finishing herd mortality 7-110 kg)
5.9% (after subtracting the pre-weaned dead)
Average finishing herd size (rearing and feeding combined)
Average days to slaughter
Total pigs slaughtered in the UK in 2018
1.8 million pigs will die at some point between birth and slaughter at 6 months
Using the mortality and slaughter figures above, this means that 1.8 million pigs will die at some point between birth and slaughter at 6 months This is not a marker of good animal husbandry, health and welfare
The legal weaning age in the UK for piglets is 28 days.
🔗 Source: UK pig facts and figures
🔗 Source: Former UK pig vet
🔗 Source: Drug resistance: Does antibiotic use in animals affect human health?
So how serious is this?
🔗 Source: Post-weaning diarrhoea in pigs: risk factors and non-colistin based control strategies
Lameness in UK pigs shows how the combination real world practice of modern factory farming is especially toxic.
Here the Red Tractor measure for an on-farm assessment, show a mix of expedient common practice and malpractice combine to turn risks in to issues