Animal Science, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Swine Health and Production
The National Pork Board provides recommendations for humane handling tools and non-ambulatory pig handling methods. However, there are limited published studies that evaluate the efficacy of handling tools for on-farm manual movement of grow-finish non-ambulatory or cadaver pigs. A sked, deer sled, and modified deer sled were studied as handling tools for non-ambulatory grow-finish pigs. Handling tools were tested on-farm using pig cadavers (59-134 kg) to evaluate effectiveness based on employee effort and opinion. Our results support the sked and deer sled as effective handling tools to move grow-finish pigs, while the modified deer sled was ineffective.
American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Akin, Ella E.; Johnson, Anna K.; Millman, Suzanne T.; Jass, Cassandra D.; Stalder, Kenneth J.; Stinn, John P.; and Ross, Jason W., "Alternative handling tools for moving grow-finish pig cadavers" (2020). Animal Science Publications. 537.
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