Euthanizing hogs a last resort for pork producers

The director of swine health for the
National Pork Board tells Brownfield as a last resort, some producers are
considering euthanizing pigs.

Dr. Lisa Becton calls it a grave situation brought about by processing plant closures in the wake of COVID-19.

“No producer wants to have to consider euthanizing their animals because they’ve raised them, reared them. Their farms (and) their families are involved. So this is an absolute last alternative that they’re facing at this time.”

The National Pork Board and American Association of Swine Veterinarians have developed a guideline that Becton says outlines all the currently approved methods of euthanasia.

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