Pigs (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (PB7950)

Section 1 - Health


21. Maintenance of good health is the most basic requirement affecting the welfare of the pig. Measures to protect health include good hygiene, good husbandry and effective ventilation. Vaccinations may be appropriate against certain diseases. You should ensure that only authorised veterinary medicinal products, including vaccines, are used. Useful information on the health status of the herd can be obtained from feedback at meat inspection in the abattoir.
22. The written health and welfare plan (see paragraph 8) should also, as a minimum, look at:

(a) biosecurity arrangements on-farm and during transport;

(b) purchased stock procedures;

(c) any specific disease control programmes, such as salmonella, erysipelas, E. coli, mycoplasma and parvo virus;

(d) vaccination policy and timing;

(e) isolation procedures;

(f) mixing and grouping of pigs;

(g) external and internal parasite control;

(h) lameness monitoring and foot care;

(i) routine procedures, such as ear tagging; and

(j) prevention and control of vices such as tail biting.

The health and welfare plan should make sure that animals get any necessary medical treatment at the correct time and in the correct dose.

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