Barns protect pigs from extreme temperatures and wild animals. In Ohio, cold, snowy and icy winters can be hard on animals. Heat can also be stressful in the summer. Barns are equipped with furnaces for cold weather and fans, misters and other cooling devices for hot weather. Having control over the temperature inside the barn enables farmers to maintain a consistent temperature range so the pigs are always comfortable.
Keeping pigs healthy enables us to limit disease and the use of antibiotics. Barns are also a barrier from rodents, which may carry disease. By raising pigs in barns, farmers are able to keep their animals healthy and comfortable all year long.