It improves pig welfare and performance, affects stockperson wellbeing and shapes the way consumers view our producers and industry.
So how can we, as an industry, demonstrate our commitment to handling our pigs with care and respect? One route is via training and certification. Yes, this might mean another course that you and your team need to take, but in the grand scheme of things, it will be worth it.
We (AHDB) have been working with the NPA, Red Tractor and the Pig Veterinary Society to develop an online training module that anyone involved in moving and handling pigs can, and should, take.
The training will act as a refresher for those who have been working with pigs for a long time, and as a means of upskilling new entrants.
The plan is to roll the training out from April, and Red Tractor is currently consulting on making it a mandatory part of their pig standards. In the meantime, take a look at the videos and content we have on our website: ahdb.org.uk/moving-and-handling-pigs
Jen Waters is head of AHDB Pork knowledge exchange