Quote: "We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better we do better." Maya Angelou
For several decades the pig industry has routinely taught pig behavior and pig handling methods that do not apply to the majority of pigs handling situations and actually contributed to many pig handling problems and worker safety issues.
Low Stress Pig Handling has evolved over eighteen years of observing pig handlers at work in a variety of situations and learning from their successes and mistakes. It teaches handlers about response patterns and observation skills that make moving pigs easier, safer, and less stressful for both
handlers and pigs.
We started developing Low Stress Pig Handling in 1996 and have been teaching it since 2000 through conferences, presentations, workshops, on site video collection and coaching, on-line training, and training videos.
Stress Pig Handling training has helped handlers:
reduce the time required to do routine pig moving tasks
reduce or eliminate the use of energized electric prods
reduce workplace injuries
improve workplace morale and reduced staff turnover
reduce trim and death losses
pass third party packing plant welfare
At the request of our transport clients, DNL Farms developed a Low
Stress Pig Handling Course for Truckers and made it available online.
Trucking company trainers can register as facilitators to direct and monitor
the progress of their trainees.
A good high speed connection is required for this
course as video is used throughout. We demonstrate: factors that affect
pig movement in the trailer, animal welfare audit requirements that
apply to truckers, and Low Stress Pig Handling methods
being used to load and unload all sections of a pot belly trailer. Access
this course at www.dnlfarmstraining.com
Dave Uttecht, Owner of Heartland Pork LLC, Alpina SD "Since we have adopted Nancy's philosophies we have seen the following;
- Reduced stress on pigs while moving (less squealing)
- Reduced stress on people while moving pigs (less sweating and shouting)
- Fewer DOA at destination
- Shorter loading times at the barn
- Better design of loading and unloading gates
- Fewer belly ruptures in feeder pigs due to piling
- Less need for tools such as prods, boards, paddles, etc."