AHDB Pork tackles pig tail-biting

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division is calling on pig producers to provide data regarding tail-biting. 

AHDB Pork, the RSPCA (RSPCA Assured) and the University of Helsinki have teamed up to distribute a questionnaire aimed at overcoming the issue. The survey will be sent to producers in both the UK and Finland, where tail-docking is banned.

“All results and findings will be reported anonymously to provide better information to producers on tail management and tail-related issues,” said AHDB Pork health and welfare projects manager Katja Stoddart.

“The information will be shared with the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) – an industry body which brings together industry and government to share and exchange knowledge and information. The findings will also be compared and exchanged with those reported by Finnish producers.”

Finland has already provided a presentation on pig husbandry without tail reduction to the European Commission

A questionnaire has been sent out to a number of producers, but anybody wishing to take part can do so by clicking here.

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