Alternative handling tools for moving grow-finish pig cadavers
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.
This article is published as Akin EE, Johnson AK, Millman ST, Jass CD, Stalder KJ, Stinn JP, Ross JW. Alternative handling tools for moving grow-finish pig cadavers. J Swine Health Prod 2020;28(3):125-134. Posted with permission.