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Free-range animal behaviour

Animals experiencing a life worth living

Frolicking in fields, dust bathing, nestling in straw, splashing about in water. These may seem like simple things, but they can make all the difference to the wellbeing of a farm animal.

Use this film to stimulate discussion of the benefits of higher welfare farming. Has five sections of roughly a minute each on free-range:

  • Pigs
  • Laying hens
  • Laying ducks
  • Laying quail
  • Pigs again

For each, students can consider the behaviours they see, whether they would be possible in an intensive farm and then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of free-range farming.

Exercise could be repeated before and after seeing Farm Animals & Us or Farm Animals & Us 2.

Order films

These films are available free to schools and colleges, otherwise for £5, along with pdfs of the teachers’ pack as part of our Farm Animals and Us DVD compilation which can be ordered online or using our educational resources leaflet.

Watch online or download

The Farm Animals & Us films and other education films are available on our YouTube channel.

Please download this film to save on your computer or network in wmv format. For higher resolution or other formats of this or our other education films, please go to our film download site.


Free-range animal behaviour

Great clips of positive farm animal behaviour to stimulate discussion of the benefits of higher welfare farming - pigs and laying hens, ducks and quail.

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