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Proper handling in swine transportation

Swine transportation is a crucial step in the production chain, but it is also an extremely stressful and high-risk moment for the pig. Maintaining the animals' health during transportation is essential to ensure the quality of the final product and prevent the spread of diseases. Let's explore some best practices that should be adopted to ensure that pigs are transported safely.

A major issue that animal transportation faces is regarding biosecurity, which involves a set of measures aimed at preventing the entry and spread of diseases among swine. Animals that were previously confined and protected from the external world are now in contact with it.

One of the first steps to ensure the animals' safety is the decontamination of the trucks used in transportation. It is important to adopt the stance that every truck is potentially contaminated. Therefore, it is essential for trucks to undergo a rigorous disinfection process before being used to transport swine.

During transportation, it is crucial to keep the truck isolated from domestic and wild animals and possible disease vectors, as well as from people who are not directly involved in the operation. Additionally, the vehicle should be kept away from the animals' feed and from equipment that may be contaminated, in order to prevent the spread of pathogens.

During the loading of the animals, the loading dock plays a fundamental role in ensuring biosecurity. It should be designed to prevent contaminations from external vectors and facilitate the pigs' movement safely and efficiently. The loading dock should be covered and built with materials that facilitate cleaning and disinfection. Moreover, there should be a hose for cleaning, with adequate spaces for water drainage during the washing of the area.

In summary, ensuring biosecurity in swine transportation requires the implementation of a series of rigorous measures, from the disinfection of trucks to proper handling during the loading of animals. By adopting these practices, producers contribute to disease prevention and promote swine health, thus ensuring the quality of the final products and the sustainability of the swine production chain.


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