Animals must be provided with suitable bedding for their type and number in order to ensure their comfort. The bedding should allow adequate absorption of urine and feces.
The flooring must be made of a material that does not allow animals to slip, and allows cleaning and disinfection, as well as drainage of liquids (water, urine).
• Adult pigs:
When using a lattice floor for pigs housed in a group, the maximum size of the holes must be:
— 11 mm for suckling pigs,
— 14 mm for growing up,
— 18 mm for fattening,
— 20 mm for sows after first breeding and sows.
The minimum width of the slatted floor slats must be:
— 50 mm for suckling and weaned pigs,
— 80 mm for fattening, for sows after first breeding and sows.
- Suckling pigs:
Part of the common floor surface must be constructed in a way that allows
the animals should rest together at the same time, and be covered with straw or other suitable material.
The flooring must be smooth but not slippery to prevent injury to the calves and the floor must be designed in such a way as not to cause injury or
suffering of animals when they are upright or lying down. The sleeping area must be comfortable, clean and with proper drainage and must not cause inconvenience to the calves. Suitable bedding must be provided for all calves less than two weeks old.