A Kansas State University swine specialist says that, in the ongoing debate over the use of gestation stalls for pregnant sows, one important point is often overlooked.
Steve Dritz says concern over animal welfare is one of the reasons that producers implemented gestation stalls in the first place.
Dritz—who is a veterinarian—says that in group pens, some sows eat more than they should, while others eat less than they need. And he says gestation stalls also protect the pregnant sows, as they can be aggressive and physically harm one another—something that is prevalent in open pen situations.
Dritz shared his views in this interview with Brownfield’s Ken Anderson.