Around 90 per cent of Australian pigs are housed indoors for each stage of the production cycle. Indoor production allows producers to monitor and manage pigs for optimum health and well-being.
Each shed is specialised to accommodate different life stages of the pig. For example a farrowing shed is used when sows are giving birth and lactating. Pigs are moved between different sheds depending on the stage of production.
Indoor production systems also allows producers to moderate environmental elements such as temperature and reduce production risks such as predation and disease.