Pigs should be toys — such requirement is contained in the EU directive, which came into force at the beginning of this year. Pigs must have permanent access to materials that should be of interest to them, says the directive. The main purpose of the new Directive — to ensure animal welfare.
The Directive does not regulate what kind toys should be in pigs. But the experience of the German breeders who tried to "entertain" his team showed that in the top of a hryushek — colorful balls. However, observing the behavior of pigs in the eco-farms in Germany have shown that pigs clever games with balls prefer to lie on the straw.
The document prepared by EU officials also introduced a partial ban on sow stalls and a number of other innovations. For example, now on one pig should account for 2.05 square meters of space, instead of the current 1.6 meters Ensuring compliance with animal protection from the European Union will hit the pocket pig, a significant number of producers will be forced out of the market.
"Historically, that even small changes in the swine industry led to significant changes in the price. Production is likely to decline by 5% or more, prices will rise to at least 10%, and probably more, "- commented on the new rules on senior analyst of the British" Council for Agriculture and Horticulture »(AHDB) Stephen Howarth.
Lithuanian breeders also question the feasibility of innovations. "Food, electricity becomes more expensive, meat is cheaper, the Russian market after the plague and remains closed, we need to increase salaries to workers. And now to think about toys "- outraged farmer Rokiskis district Vidmantas Mazhyalis, says" Vyarslo žinios. " Moreover, according to Mazhyalisa, games slow weight gain pigs because animals will move more.
Similar changes in the rules for laying hens, which came into effect on January 1, 2012, was brought to bankruptcy is not a poultry farm and for the year raised the price of eggs by 75%.