Outdoor arcs in the UK
Around 40 per cent of sows give birth outdoors in the UK in individual arcs with straw beds where they can come and go freely; the piglets are restricted for the first two weeks of their lives. The sows are moved to areas with these arcs before giving birth – they have access to straw which they use to nest build. All piglets are weaned early and around 98 per cent of UK pigs are fattened (finished) in sheds. 93 per cent of growing pigs are kept indoors.