Intensive piggeries control temperature through ventilation or drip water systems (dropping water to cool the system).
Pigs are naturally omnivorous and are generally fed a combination of grains and protein sources. Larger intensive pig farms may be surrounded by farmland where feed-grain crops are grown. Obviously, piggeries are reliant on the grains industry. Pig feed may be bought packaged, in bulk or mixed on-site. The intensive piggery system, where pigs are confined in individual stalls, allows each pig to be allotted a portion of feed. The individual feeding system also facilitates individual medication of pigs through feed. This has more significance to intensive farming methods, as the close proximity to other animals enables diseases to spread more rapidly. To prevent disease spreading and encourage growth, drug programs such as antibiotics, vitamins, hormones and other supplements are administered preemptively.
Indoor systems, especially stalls and pens (i.e., ‘dry,’ not straw-lined systems) allow for the easy collection of waste. In an indoor intensive pig farm, manure can be managed through a lagoon system or other waste-management system. However, waste smell remains a problem which is difficult to manage.
Well, I'm a vegan, and I feed my animals pork. Don't see what that has to do w/ it. I am human, so I don't need to eat meat. Cats are carnivores and do. <shrug>3TabbyCats said:You may have a good point there.
I'm a big meater - have been for many years. Vegetarians really shoot down pork and all meats, and if I was going to take info on pork, I'd take it from meat eaters, not vegans. Meat eaters tend to have a more unbiased opinion of pork.