- Pig Handling Skills -

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-    Pig Handling Skills    -


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  • 1. 
    The term "weaning" describes:
    • A. 

      The permanent separation of a sow and suckers

    • B. 

      The depostition of semen in the reproductive tract of a sow in oestrus

    • C. 

      The production of a litter of one or more live or dead pigs

    • D. 

      Removing a live boar or sow from the breeding herd

  • 2. 
    Match the following pig terms with the correct definition:
    • A. Sow
    • A.
    • B. Gilt
    • B.
    • C. Boar
    • C.
    • D. Sucker
    • D.
  • 3. 
    TRUE OR FALSE: Pigs generally respond well to being hit and kicked.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    The correct technique for picking up a piglet involves:
    • A. 

      You should never lift a piglet

    • B. 

      Grabbing the piglet around its torso with two hands

    • C. 

      Holding one of the piglet's back legs

    • D. 

      Holding the piglet by its throat

  • 5. 
    TRUE OR FALSE: You should never attempt to pick up more than one piglet at a time.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Farmers may need to pick up piglets in order to:(Hint: there may be more than one correct answer)
    • A. 

      Perform routine health checks

    • B. 

      Test the joint strength of the piglet

    • C. 

      Transport the piglets from one area to another

    • D. 

      Clip their milk teeth

    • E. 

      Throw them into a bin if they are too small

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      By one of its hind legs

    • B. 

      Cradled like a baby so that its stomach faces upwards

    • C. 

      By both of its hid legs

    • D. 

      With the piglet's chest resting on your forearm

  • 8. 
    TRUE OR FALSE: A piglet can be moved to another sow if they are much larger or much smaller than the rest of the piglets in their own litter.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is an example of positive behaviour in pig-handling?(Hint: there may be more than one correct answer)
    • A. 

      Patting

    • B. 

      Stroking

    • C. 

      Gently squeezing the animal's ears

    • D. 

      Resting your hand on the back of the animal

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      The platform a pig stands on to be weighed and measured

    • B. 

      A square piece of wood used to herd pigs

    • C. 

      A selection of cured meats

    • D. 

      A long paddle used to smack pigs to keep them moving

  • 11. 
    A pig aged about 24 weeks old with a dressed weight of 65-80kg is referred to as a what?
    • A. 

      A porker

    • B. 

      A finisher

    • C. 

      A grower

    • D. 

      A baconer

  • 12. 
    What does the term "herd size" refer to?
    • A. 

      To total number of pigs in the breeding herd only

    • B. 

      The total number of sows in a herd only

    • C. 

      The total number of pigs on the farm

    • D. 

      The number of piglets produced in a single farrowing

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Landrace

    • B. 

      Greyback

    • C. 

      Large White

    • D. 

      Duroc

    • E. 

      American Sable

    • F. 

      Baladi

  • 14. 
    TRUE OR FALSE: The gestation period for a sow is approximately 85 days.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    TRUE OR FALSE: Depending on the needs of the production system, suckers may be weaned from a sow anywhere between 10 days to 8 weeks after farrowing.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False