I have written 2 posts on the use of gestation crates on our farm - I am linking them here:
Gestation Crates - The Good
A Tale Of Two Sows
I'll be honest I don't think I have ever made a new post using a link to an old post - I like to keep it "fresh" - but I feel right now in the light of things being said about the use of gestation crates a good reminder never hurt anybody!
I have bred sows, moved sows, nursed a sow back to health, called a vet many times for a sow, seen a prolapsed sow be put down because she had been layed on by other sows, been barked at by sows, been bitten by a sow, been knocked down by sows, seen two sows gang up on a third and nearly beat her to death just because they could but we treat our sows well - their health and well being is our priority, it is important to us - when the electricity goes out we have a generator that is started immediately at the hog barns (we don't have one at our house), every single morning (even holidays) they get fed without fail, we don't go on vacation if there isn't someone already set up to feed twice a day and be available to start the generator if need be, even on vacation Chris talks to someone at least once a day about the livestock, our wedding date was chosen after we knew what the hog schedule was - I could go on and I have LOTS to say on this subject but I best not say too much before my editor (Chris) can review as I tend to speak (write) first and think later!