19 May 1995

Wont suit all sows

"SOWS fight terribly when loose-housed," said Yorkshire pig producer Lynda Brooke, who farms with her husband Richard at Rotherham.

The Brookes converted to loose-housing with bucket feeding in 1989 but are adamant that the system doesnt agree with 10% of their sows.

"We would like to see sow stalls made legal for those sows which dont suit yarded systems," said Mr Brooke, who singles out his Welsh x Large White sows as the biggest trouble makers.