Animal Health is Our Livelihood
The livelihood of our farmers and of all the Manitobans who work in the hog sector is fully dependent on the health of the animals we raise, so we work hard to ensure that our livestock is well cared for. This is evidenced by the laws governing provision of safe and healthy conditions and a national Animal Code of Practice, as well as strictly enforced laws protecting livestock from mistreatment. Hog farmers are hard-working Manitobans who do all they can to care for the animals entrusted to them.
Safe and Healthy Living Conditions
A walk through a typical barn in Manitoba will reveal clean conditions where the flooring under the animals is cleaned frequently. The temperature of the barns is monitored rigorously to ensure that animals are warm enough in the winter and cool in the summer. The pigs have access to clean water and highly nutritious, appealing food. Veterinarians monitor the animals on a regular basis to ensure the best possible health. Animals are kept with others of similar age and size to ensure they are safe. Producers are investing millions of dollars to create more spacious housing.
Pigs in Transit
Most animal transport movements in Manitoba are less than four hours long. The pigs have access to water until they are loaded onto a trailer and then again as soon as they are unloaded. As temperatures rise, transporters reduce the number of pigs on trailers accordingly to allow for increased air circulation through the air holes on trailers. As long as the trailer is moving, the pigs are being cooled off. Transporters avoid stopping anywhere for more than a couple minutes so that the pigs remain comfortable.
Click here to read more on our website about the care that is taken when transporting pigs.
National Animal Code of Practice and Laws to Protect Animals
Over the past decade, millions of dollars have been invested to create a national Animal Code of Practice and train animal caregives in it. The Code covers the spectrum of animal care activities from medical procedures and access to food and water, to breeding, nursing practices, housing and handling of animals. A typical Manitoba barn prominently displays the Animal Code of Practice, and farm workers who have been trained in these progressive standards of care are reminded on a daily basis. There are laws in place to protect the animals from mistreatment, and hog farmers have zero tolerance for those who contravene these laws.
Click here to read the federal Health of Animals Regulations on the Government of Canada's website. These regulations are enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.