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The Norwegian Food Safety Authority warns against increasing violence against pigs

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Pigs must have stimulation and something to do, says the Norsvin manager. He encourages the pig producers to provide “enough feed, litter and varied activity and rooting material”. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Of NTB | 15.05.2024 03:09:30

Curiosities and celebrities: Nationen writes that this is due to a more active and restless pig breed which frightens the farmers. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has identified a possible connection with derived characteristics in the new hybrid pig TN70, which now dominates the Norwegian market.

At the beginning of May, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority issued a warning asking several agricultural organizations to raise the increasing use of violence against pigs with their members.

– We take the cases of extensive use of violence very seriously, writes the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

The problems appear to be particularly linked to herds with the TN70 pig.

– The pig must be handled correctly and you must act calmly. Violence against pigs is in any case prohibited and completely unacceptable, says Olav Eik-Nes, managing director of Norsvin to Nationen.

Professor Inger Lise Andersen at NMBU has also noticed the problem.

– They have an extreme need for stimulation. It could be that breeding for feed efficiency has had the opposite effect, they are constantly looking for food, and have an extreme need for exploration, says Andersen.

Eik-Nes reminds us that pigs are curious and active animals, and describes today’s fattening pigs as robust and active crosses.

– They need stimulation and something to do, says the Norsvin boss. He encourages the pig producers to provide “enough feed, litter and varied activity and rooting material”.

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