Meaning of loose housing in English:

loose housing


mass noun
  • 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.’
    • ‘The switch from stalls to loose-housing systems for 'dry' sows has also resulted in a number of other conditions becoming more apparent.’