Pigs: on-farm welfare

How to keep and breed pigs, and your responsibilities for housing, feeding and looking after them.



You and any staff working with animals must read, understand and have access to the welfare code of practice for pigs. The statutory welfare codes offer guidance for farmers on existing law. If you don’t follow them it can be used as evidence in court if you’re prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering to livestock.

Also see ‘Caring for pigs’ which provides additional links to relevant laws. It also explains your general responsibilities to farm animals.

Relevant legislation:

Published 26 February 2020
Last updated 1 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added the code of practice for the welfare of pigs

  2. First published.