Death of animals is a normal occurrence and represents a loss to the operator. Even the best livestock producers will have losses between two and three percent, but higher rates can occur. There are several options for managing livestock mortalities. Read more
In choosing a procedure for euthanasia, producers must not only consider the welfare of the animal, but also the safety of their workers and the sustainability of the method to their individual operations. Producers should be aware of the options and develop an action plan to determine if euthanasia is appropriate and what method should be used for each age and size category of pig on their farm. Each farm should have the necessary equipment on hand to carry out its euthanasia protocol.