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Animal Welfare: Barn Laid vs Free Range

Episode: 7
Broadcast: 31st July 2015
Presenter: Lee Steele

Lee visits free ranged and barn farms to see which is the most beneficial to our animal’s welfare.

  • Free range is a method of farming that gives animals a chance to roam freely, offering the opportunity for extensive locomotion and sunlight, which would be prevented by indoor housing systems.
  • Although free range is beneficial to animals it invites many issues, which are still being discussed today. Animals are vulnerable to diseases and predators, thus this proves a problem to farmers.
  • Enclosures or barn laid methods allows increased protection for animals compared to free range, it also gives farmers a chance monitor what their livestock is eating and if it’s safe.