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Title: Practical handling skills during road transport of fattening pigs from farm to slaughterhouse: A brief review
Authors: Driessen, Bert ×
Peeters, Ester
Van Thielen, Jos
Van Beirendonck, Sanne #
Issue Date: 25-Dec-2013
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.
Series Title: Agricultural Sciences vol:4 issue:12 pages:756-761
Abstract: The transport of fattening pigs is characterized by a strong human-animal interaction. Conse-quent handling is important because of animal welfare, meat quality and matching economic consequences. During road transport, human impact can be divided in different steps: 1) driving pigs from the pens via an alley to the trailer, 2) loading, 3) actual transport, 4) unload-ing to the lairage, and 5) the final phase driving pigs to the stunning. An inadequate design and a poor condition of the facilities will negatively affect the ease of handling pigs. Because of the consequences, acute stress during transport and slaughter should be minimized by acting on the education of people, on equipment and on preparation of animals for the journey. Educa-tion programs have to be repeated regularly so that knowledge can be refreshed.
ISSN: 2156-8553
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Bioengineering Technology TC, Technology Campus Geel
Technologiecluster Bioengineering Technologie
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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