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 #23Aug 24th, 2016

In this issue of Chop Talk:   Alberta Pork Town Hall – Wednesday, August 24 at 11:30 a.m. PigTrace: Introduction of financial penalties; Manitoba Hydro’s classification of livestock buildings; BBQ & Blues: Hip shaking, lip smacking! Partners: Manitoba Pork and Siloam …

News and Events

PigTrace Canada: Introduction of financial penalties

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PigTrace, the Canadian Pork Council’s (CPC) national traceability program, became mandatory in July 2014 under the Government of Canada’s Health of Animals Regulations. To date, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) traceability enforcement has focused on education and, on rare …

CWSHIN 2nd quarter 2016 report released

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CWSHIN (the Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network) was created in 2015 to help producers stay informed about swine disease monitoring and disease knowledge transfer in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This Western Canadian alliance of producers, veterinarians and scientists issues quarterly reports …

Unused medication and pesticide collection coming to Manitoba this fall

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) is working with CleanFARMS to conduct a collection of unwanted, obsolete and expired livestock medications and pesticides at no cost to producers. You can take advantage of this opportunity at 19 locations in Manitoba …

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