At the request of the leadership of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), the Pig Welfare Committee reviewed the association’s position statement on pregnant sow housing approved in July 2002. Following its review, the committee proposed a revised sow housing position statement for consideration by the AASV Board during its 2012 fall meeting.
The board modified the proposed wording and adopted the following statement:
AASV Position Statement on Sow Housing
“As swine veterinarians, our mission is to protect and improve the health and well-being of the animal. Given the variability inherent in different housing systems, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians supports the use of sow housing configurations that:
We strive to foster these essential components where supported by the scientific literature, in all housing systems. Our goal is to teach and promote appropriate stockmanship, which is as important as housing type in meeting the needs of the animals.”