AGRICULTURAL NEWS - Studies have proved that stress can have a negative impact on reproduction, growth and health in livestock.
At Chalala Farms, situated in the Swartland, which forms part of Number Two Piggeries, great care is therefore taken to keep pigs as stress-free as possible, according to manager Jeff van Zyl.
This approach also helps to satisfy consumers, who are becoming increasingly concerned about animal welfare and the origins of their food, he says.
To this end, pigs at Chalala Farms are kept in a comfortable environment. According to Jeff, mature pigs do best at temperatures between 18ºC and 20ºC and humidity levels of 60% to 80%.