Campus Units

Animal Science, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2019

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Swine Health and Production

Volume

27

Issue

5

First Page

278

Last Page

283

Abstract

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.

Comments

This article is published as Akin EE, Johnson AK, Ross JW, et al. Modified wean-to-finish mat as an alternative handling tool for moving grow-finish pig cadavers: A pilot study. J Swine Health Prod. 2019;27(5):278-283. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Association of Swine Veterinarians

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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