Weaned Pig Transport: Welfare Impact of Trip Duration and Providing Feed and Water

This study looked at the effect on weaned pigs (behavior, performance and physiological welfare measures) of feed and water withdrawal during transport of different durations. Weaned at 18 to 22 days of age, pigs were randomly assigned to one of five treatment groups of 10 pigs each, with nine replications.

Key Points:

  • Weaning and transport are both stressful events; combined they have the potential to compromise weaned– pig welfare.
  • Transportation has an additive effect on weaned–pig weight loss, especially if feed and water is not provided.
  • Additionally, transportation impacts the pig’s physiological and behavioral changes over time.

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