Definition of loose housing in English:
Partly covered barns or sheds for livestock with access to a feeding area (as distinct from individual pens or crates).
- The productivity of animals kept in loose housing systems is lower and the labour requirements and straw costs are higher.
- However, with increasing time in the farrowing stall, forelimb lesions became significantly more severe among sows that had previously gestated in stalls compared with loose housing.
- Cubicle housing systems must have at least one cubicle per animal unless there is adjacent, accessible and adequate sized loose housing.
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