Working with pigs has its own inherent risks to workers. Pigs can be unpredictable and easily stressed, therefore handlers must remember that the pigs do not understand the objective of your work and have little experience being moved.
When working with pigs, especially sows, it is important to practice positive animal handling. Sows are large animals and can create safety hazards when moving throughout the barn. Positive animal handling techniques are important for both animal and worker safety. Calm pigs are easier to sort and separate than excited pigs and stress is reduced for both the animal and the worker.
UMASH has developed two videos to demonstrate best practices and help farmers and farm workers stay safe and healthy when handling swine.
Available in English and Spanish.