Animal Science, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Swine Health and Production
Through the National Pork Board, the US pork industry provides recommendations for humane handling tools and acceptable non-ambulatory pig handling methods. While these recommendations are useful, there is a lack of published evidence regarding the efficacy of humane handling tools commercially available for moving non-ambulatory pigs. Wean-to-finish mats are commonly used on-farm to provide comfortable resting areas for newly weaned pigs and to minimize feed waste around feeders. The objective of this project was to test a commercial wean-to-finish mat as a humane handling tool for non-ambulatory grow-finish pigs. On-farm testing was accomplished using pig cadavers (n = 3; 135, 118, and 68 kg) to evaluate mat effectiveness based on employee effort and preference. Our results do not support wean-to-finish mats as effective handling tools for moving non-ambulatory grow-finish pigs.
American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Akin, Ella E.; Johnson, Anna K.; Ross, Jason W.; Millman, Suzanne T.; Jass, Cassandra D.; Stinn, John P.; and Stalder, Kenneth J., "Modified wean-to-finish mat as an alternative handling tool for moving grow-finish pig cadavers: A pilot study" (2019). Animal Science Publications. 805.