National Pig Association - The voice of the British pig industry

Pig World logo

Home > News > Farrowing crate survey - last chance today!

Farrowing crate survey - last chance today!

20th Feb 2020 / By Alistair Driver

NPA members, if you haven't yet completed our farrowing crate survey, there is still time to so -just!


Members can CLICK HERE to access the survey in the Members’ Area.

Please contact if you are having any difficulties accessing the Members’ Area.

Farrowing crate 3We have put together the short survey on farrowing crates to help inform both our and Government thinking on the appetite for alternative farrowing systems, as well as explore the challenges and costs involved. 

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies thanked members who have already completed the survey, but stressed the importance of collecting as many responses as possible before the survey closes later this month. 

Former Defra Secretary Theresa Villiers confirmed in January that she and fellow Defra Minister Zac Goldsmith want to see farrowing crates phased out. This ambition is also clearly stated in the new Pig Welfare Code.

“This debate is clearly not going away,” said NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: “Whilst we are supportive of producers using and wishing to move to alternative systems, the NPA will fight any attempts to ban farrowing crates and force people to move to systems that impact the welfare of both piglets and staff, without financial support from the Government or the supply chain.”

“To argue our case better, we need facts and figures to demonstrate the impact a ban would have – which is where we need your help.”

Zoe added: “A number of members have expressed concerns over a potential ban. However, we can only provide evidence of such concerns if we have a strong response to the survey.

“The campaign to ban farrowing crates is clearly going to be ramped up under this Government, so, please, spend a few minutes to fill in the survey. Your help really could make a difference!”