Animal Handling: Swine

Swine Animal Handling

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.


These guides are intended for training by farmers, ranchers, farm employees, veterinarians, human resources training staff and those involved with worker health and safety training/education.

Each guide includes the training video, followed by discussion questions and a quiz, as well as additional related resources.


UMASH has developed videos to demonstrate best practices and help farmers and farm workers stay safe and healthy when handling swine.

Available in English and Spanish.

Moving Sows: Be Safe and Smart
Release Date: June 4, 2019

Explains the practice of moving sows safely and securely to protect the worker.

Moviendo Cerdas – Sea Seguro e Inteligente
Release Date: June 4, 2019

Preventing the Flu
Release Date: June 4, 2019

Addresses the transmission of flu from humans to pigs and pigs to humans and the necessary precautionary steps to avoid spreading the virus.

Prevención De La Diseminacion Del Virus De Influenza
Release Date: June 18, 2019

Farm Worker Sow Behavior Safety Tips
Release Date: Jan 6, 2023

This video addresses key behavior in sows, and how to manage the animals to reduce aggression and potential injury.

Seguridad Del Trabajador Comportamiento de la Cerda
Release Date: Jan 6, 2023

Este video es acerca del comportamiento clave de las cerdas y cómo tratar a los animales para reducir la agresión y las posibles lesiones.