Slaughter pigs in low-density pen with straw Photo: Mona Lilian V. Larsen
New research results show, that the risk of tail damage was lowered to the same level as with tail docking, if straw provision and lowered stocking density were combined.

Prevention of tail biting may require extra effort

Research suggests farmers need to use multiple measures to prevent tail biting in slaughter pigs, especially pigs with intact tails.

One of the challenges in the production of slaughter pigs is tail biting, which can result in serious tail damage, according to Aarhus University in Denmark. Tail biting is painful, reduces the welfare of the pigs and is an economical problem for the farmer. Thus, prevention of tail biting is important and in everyone’s interest.

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