Babies on board
National Pork Board
Transportation can be stressful for pigs of all ages, but more so for recently weaned pigs. Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, Prairie Swine Centre and the University of Guelph looked at a number of factors — such as distance of travel, type of truck, ambient temperature and size of pig — to determine the role each may play in piglet survival.
Assuming that healthy pigs are loaded onto the truck, if there is a relationship between a transport practice and increased mortality, it indicates a risk factor that could be reviewed for improvement.
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