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New Guides Educate on Good Welfare in Pig Production

4 April 2016, at 12:00am

BRAZIL - The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) has made available three booklets on welfare in pig farming. The publications address the treatment of animals on farms, in transportation and in the slaughter house.

The booklets have been prepared by the Committee on Animal Welfare Map in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Pig Breeders (ABCS), Brazilian Embrapa Poultry and Swine and Support Service for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae).

The first booklet teaches the procedures to be adopted on farms in relation to issues such as nutrition, biosecurity and air conditioning.

The transport of animals is covered in the second booklet as good welfare in transportation reduces the stress of pigs.

At the beginning of animal boarding, according to the publication, pigs should be led in small groups of two to three pigs per wielder.

The third booklet shows how pigs should be treated in the slaughter house.

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