This handbook provides producers with scientifically based guidelines for maintaining and improving the welfare of their animals. Includes information about the pork producers code of practice, husbandry systems, management practices, environmental management, facilities and equipment, feeding and nutrition, and herd health management.
Because it is usually impossible or impractical for the veterinarian to be available for all euthanasia on-farm, producers themselves often need to perform humane euthanasia of pigs. On-Farm Euthanasia of Swine, Recommendations for the Producer, developed in cooperation with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, offers guidelines and considerations.
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This paper is a discussion of the role of ethics in animal agriculture. It discusses production trends and ways producers can respond to these changes and advancements.
The National Pork Board continues to support sound science as the only basis for animal welfare guideline decision-making. This fact sheet gives background information on evaluating animal welfare on the farm, and the National Pork Board’s position statement on animal welfare.
The neonatal stage of a piglet is a crucial time, and this fact sheet highlights some costs and benefits of neonatal processing practices. This is designed for discussion about the role of such practices in agriculture.