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Can Vet J. 2002 Mar;43(3):207-12.

Minimum space allowance for transportation of swine by road.

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Manitoba Agriculture and Food, Veterinary Laboratory Services Branch, 545 University Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5S6.


Space allowance for animals in transit is a consistent concern in many countries that are developing codes of practice and regulations to assure humane treatment of food producing animals. The minimum space allowance requirements for a broad size range of swine in transit has not been well described or scientifically substantiated. A maximal loading pressure recommendation for pigs weighing from 5 to 250 kg was derived by a consultative process involving the swine transportation industry, animal welfare groups, and a literature review. The recommended maximal loading pressure under ideal conditions for swine loaded in groups can be described as a hoerl model y = (37.53)(0.9969)w(W0.5008), where y = loading pressure in kg body weight/m2 and W = average animal body weight in kilograms.

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