What does 'free range' actually mean?
The answer depends on what animal you're asking about. Pigs Free-range pregnant sows are kept in groups and are often provided with straw for bedding, rooting and chewing. Around 40% of UK sows are kept free-range outdoors and are able to seek cover from sun or rain in huts on their range. Free range pigs are often still ringed - a process that essentially pierces the pig's nose so that it will not forage or dig in the dirt (the ring makes digging, a natural pig behaviour, pa