Publish Date: September 23, 2019
A pig can become non-ambulatory anytime on-farm due to injury, illness or fatigue (Benjamin, 2005). Hence, caretakers may be required to move non-ambulatory pigs into or out of pens, alleys and load out areas. The National Pork Board provides guidance about humane swine handling of healthy and non-ambulatory pigs through their Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance programs (NPB, 2019, 2017). This factsheet provides information related to handling tools that are options to move a non-ambulatory pig on-farm.
Publish Date: April 5, 2012
The use of antimicrobials is beneficial both for the health of the animal and for human health. There is an increased awareness about how the use of antimicrobials affects bacterial resistance to these products. Pork producers must properly handle and administer antimicrobials if they are to maintain public trust and the availability and effectiveness of these products. The industrys Pork Quality Assurance Program is an example of the proactive approach the pork industry has taken to enable the production of a safe, quality product.