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 #26Oct 21st, 2016

In this issue of Chop Talk: Fall producer meetings well attended; Next week! Unused medication and pesticide collection – Oct 24-28; Sask Pork Symposium – Nov 15-16; Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference – Nov 20-22; Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project – deadline to …

News and Events

Producer Alert: Senecavirus A confirmed in Ontario

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Senecavirus A (formerly called Seneca Valley Virus or SVV) has been confirmed in Ontario. Clinical signs of this disease closely resemble Foot and Mouth Disease, so the U.S. authorities have turned away at least eight truckloads of pigs which apparently …

Producer Alert: Manitoba’s 10th on-farm case of PED 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

On September 21, 2016, a new case of PED was confirmed at a finisher farm in southeast Manitoba. This farm is within 5 km of the sow farm that was confirmed positive for PED last week. The producer is working with …

Producer Alert: Seneca Valley Virus (SVV)

Friday, September 16, 2016

The following alert was issued by Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Megan Bergman, on Friday September 16 2016. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, contact Mark Fynn, Manitoba Pork’s Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care …

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