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There’s no time to rush! : pigs’ and transport drivers’ welfare and interactions during slaughter transport

Wilhelmsson, Sofia (2022). There’s no time to rush! : pigs’ and transport drivers’ welfare and interactions during slaughter transport. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-943-8
eISBN 978-91-7760-944-5
[Doctoral thesis]

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Loading at slaughter transport is one of the most stressful situations for pigs. Animal transport drivers require a broad set of skills and knowledge on e.g. pig handling. Finding successful ways to train stockpeople in the food production industry is critical in ensuring farm animal welfare, but transport drivers have received very little scientific attention. This thesis investigated Swedish pig transport drivers’ working conditions and interactions between drivers and pigs during loading at slaughter transport, and evaluated the effect of a training intervention on transport drivers’ attitudes, handling methods, physical workload and time efficiency. A broad research approach was applied, with data collected using questionnaires, measurements of physical workload, behavioural observations, workshops and interviews. The results indicated that Swedish pig transport drivers have a physically and psychosocially demanding work, despite high work satisfaction, and that handling behaviours vary between drivers. Loading, unloading and cleaning the trailer were found to lead to high load on the shoulders and poor on-farm loading area design posed risks to driver wellbeing and pig welfare. Associations were found between negative driver behaviours and stress-related pig behaviours, and between positive driver behaviours and relaxed/explorative pig behaviours. After training, transport drivers showed a tendency for improved attitudes to pig handling and negative driver behaviours decreased while positive behaviours increased. In conclusion, pig transport drivers have good work satisfaction but their physical workload varies, with occasional high load on the shoulders. There is a reciprocal relationship between driver and pig behaviour during slaughter transport loading, and transport drivers’ handling of pigs can be improved through training.

Authors/Creators:Wilhelmsson, Sofia
Title:There’s no time to rush! : pigs’ and transport drivers’ welfare and interactions during slaughter transport
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2022
Number of Pages:107
Publisher:Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-943-8
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-944-5
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:anthrozoology, behaviour, handling, pig, transport driver, training, interaction, slaughter transport, workload, working environment
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ID Code:27923
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
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Deposited On:18 May 2022 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jun 2022 23:41

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