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far·row 1

A litter of pigs.
v. far·rowed, far·row·ing, far·rows
To give birth to (a litter of pigs).
To produce a litter of pigs.

[Ultimately from Old English fearh, pig; see porko- in Indo-European roots.]

far·row 2

Not pregnant. Used of a cow.

[Middle English ferow.]
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Noun1.farrowing - the production of a litter of pigs
birthing, giving birth, parturition, birth - the process of giving birth
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A spokeswoman for the charity said: "Pig meat labelled with the logo will not have come from a pig born into a farrowing crate system.
From the two independent ducts, terminal individual ducts of 75mm in diameter ended just above each farrowing crate, through which the air reached the sow's neck region (Figure 1).
Total transportation time from the farrowing crate to the nursery pen was 10 minutes.
The photo was indeed of a farrowing crate. We regret the error.--Mother
These ages corresponded to phases in which the pigs were housed in the farrowing crate (F), weaning (G), and growing/finishing units (G/F), respectively.
He berated the sow stall, saying sows can only defecate where they stand, can't turn around and their nesting instincts are frustrated, but didn't mention that the farrowing crate, used for most sows in Britain, has exactly the same problems.
Farrowing crate A small pen in which sows are confined to deliver and nurse the piglets.
A week before they give birth they go in the farrowing crate to stop them rolling over and crushing their litter.
I HAVE recently become aware of a shocking example of the cruelty of factory farming: the pig farrowing crate.
Reduced mortality can be achieved in two ways: (1) give the sow less room (with a farrowing crate) or (2) give her a great amount of room (in certain pen configurations).
And an injured sow, with a huge, open sore on its side, is kept wedged in a cramped farrowing crate.
In the end, I took up an offer from fellow breeders Chris and Bleddyn Beck and borrowed a farrowing crate. I know that "crating" a sow is a controversial subject but, in this case, it was essential in order to keep her in the correct position.