This page provides background information and practical knowledge on the welfare issues related to arrival and lairage management pre-slaughter and how welfare problems can be limited.

Important behavioural and physiological needs of pigs need to be considered to facilitate welfare of pigs arriving and being handled at the slaughterhouse. Three important key areas challenging welfare of pigs are highlighted. Guidance and recommendations to improve the welfare pre-slaughter is given within each key area. In several cases, these are linked with legal requirements. The key areas are:

  • Arrival management
  • Handling and moving pigs in lairage
  • Lairage and comfort around resting