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- Many of the public concerns and policy debates about farm animal welfare have generally focused on intensive housing systems.
- This focus on housing systems has often distracted us from some of the important considerations in safeguarding farm animal welfare.
- Indeed I suggest that the design and management of the housing systems is probably more important for animal welfare than is generally recognized.
- Therefore, my aim today is to review the welfare implications of some aspects of the design and management of group housing of gestating sows.