Pig Handling

This section includes resources and instructions on proper pig handling techniques that can minimize the stress on both the hogs and handlers.

Smart Pig Handling

Smart Pig Handling provides training to new herdpersons on how to safely and effectively handle pigs while minimizing stress on both themselves and their animals.

Producers can contact their provincial pork organization (in Canada) for an extended version of the training, which can be customized to their farm type. For more in-depth “Low Stress Pig Handling” information and training, contact Nancy Lidster at dnlfarms@xplornet.com or 1-306-276-5761.

The development of this video was supported by Alberta Pork, Sask Pork, Ontario Pork and EPQ. It was also supported by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, and the Government of Alberta. This project’s main support came from the FCC Ag Safety Fund administered by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association with funding from Farm Credit Canada.

Smart Pig Handling – Part 1 – Basic pig behaviour

 

Smart Pig Handling – Part 2 – Principles of pig handling

 

Pigs in Transit

This booklet describes how producers should care for pigs to prepare them for transport, as well as during transport, including truck conditions and human contact.

Pigs in Transit

 

Chop Talk – Issue #19Jul 22nd, 2016

In this issue of Chop Talk: More bacon, continued western collaboration; Skilled worker opportunity: Provincial Nominee Program; Federal initiative: Hire a post-grad intern; Enter your favourite pork recipe to win a Manitoba pork prize pack; Careers/classifieds. Read Online: Chop Talk …

News and Events

Pain control for castration and tail-docking of all pigs

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The National Farm Animal Care Council Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs requires that as of July 1, 2016 castration and tail-docking, performed at any age, must be done with analgesics to help control post-procedure pain. …

Communication critical to prevent spread of PED

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) has confirmed that a third case in the latest outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) has been found in a sow barn in southeastern Manitoba, following two cases found in the same area recently. Like the initial sites, the third barn …

Second PED case confirmed in Manitoba finisher barn

Thursday, June 02, 2016

On June 2, 2016, Manitoba’s Office of the Chief Veterinarian (CVO) confirmed that a second case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) has been found in a finisher barn in southeastern Manitoba, in addition to the one found in a batch-farrow sow …

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