Pig Handler's Clinic Will Help Reduce Pig and Producer Stress

by 5m Editor
27 January 2004, at 12:00am

NEBRASKA - A University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension program will offer producers and employees techniques to consider for reduced loading stress on pigs and their handlers.

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Pig Handler's Clinic will be from 1-4 pm. Feb. 24 at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College, 201 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk.

Ideas presented at this clinic will be helpful to pig handlers, and have been proven to reduce death loss and the number of non-ambulatory pigs, resulting in improved profits, said Duane Reese, a university swine specialist.

"You have to understand the pig if you want a better chance of moving and loading success," Reese said.

The clinic will focus on handling pigs, loading and unloading pigs, transporting pigs and biosecurity.

"Demand for quality pork products is increasing worldwide," Reese said. "Yet, every year the American pork industry loses tens of millions of dollars because of poor quality pork products that are the result of mishandling and bruising during transport. You can help change things and enjoy the increased profits the pork industry can generate by delivering a healthy and safe load of pigs that will generate better quality pork products."

The workshop is presented by Reese and Mark Klassen of Elanco Animal Health.

Source: University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension - 27th January 2004

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