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What behaviors should we consider for pigs?
Pigs are a prey animal and have a flight response, therefore move quietly and slowly around them.  Pigs are intelligent animals and draw upon past experiences. Do not use hotshots on them.  When pigs are provoked they become aggressive, vocal, and bite leading to stress and overheating.

pig in alley
Pigs move easily down alleyways

What environmental conditions should we consider for pigs?
Pigs need to be in a cool environment, use fans to reduce overheating and provide good ventilation. Make sure pigs plenty have of fresh water at all times.

pig comfort
Show pig resting comfortably

What is the proper way to hold or restrain a pig?
Less restraint is better as they do not like handling and are vocal about it.  Use alleyways and enclosures that surround the pig, where it cannot turn around or back up.  They remain calmer if they can see out, especially if they can see other pigs.  Pigs are strong; and using one’s legs to move pigs can result in injury to  knees and hips.  To move pigs it is best to use a pig board or panel  to block or move a pig in the direction needed.   

pig board
Pig panels reduce injury to handlers

What should we look for to identify a sick pig?
Observe the pig in the trailer looking for panting and inability to rise suggestive of heat stress.  Check the head for nasal or eye discharge, crooked snouts and excessive regurgitation.  Check the ears and skin looking for external parasites, fungus and skin abnormalities.  Check  for diarrhea.  Change your gloves or wash your hands before moving onto another group of commingled animals.

pig with lesions
Pig showing skin abnormalities

pig drinking
Provide fresh water for pigs to drink

pig wash
Clean pigs getting ready for show

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Pigs move in a group down alleyways