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  • Joined Aug 2013
Loading pigs
« on: April 04, 2016, 12:33:58 pm »
Hi all,

I have some pigs due to slaughter tomorrow AM.  In the past we have always loaded them up early and set off.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances i dont have any helpers in the morning.  have any of you loaded the night before? If so, how long before? 
Obviously they will have access to water and plenty of room for the three of them. just contemplating the ethics of it


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2016, 12:35:22 pm »
Mine always sleep in the trailer the night before.  Lots of straw, what's not to love?
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  • Joined May 2013
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2016, 12:58:37 pm »
we did this, yes plenty of bedding to keep them clean.


  • Joined Aug 2013
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2016, 01:37:24 pm »
What time the previous evening did you load them?


  • Joined May 2013
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2016, 01:39:55 pm »
daylight and when helping hands were around. if they are from the same herd, they shouldn't fight, will sleep if not disturbed.


  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2016, 02:31:15 pm »
Mine are always loaded at tea time the previous evening. So that would be about 6pm.

Put straw and water in the trailer and lead them in with their tea. They then eat and bed down for the night.

We have never had a problem with this. In fact they are usually still asleep when we drive off the next morning.
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  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2016, 02:31:32 pm »
We load the night before if we're leaving really early; big straw bed and water and their "last supper" in the trailer. They have more room than in their ark.


  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2016, 08:55:34 pm »
I've often thought about loading the night before but never seem to find the time. Last minute seems to work out ok for us though.


  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Cambridgeshire
    • Hempsals Community Farm
Re: Loading pigs
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2016, 08:40:12 am »
I've done both depending on availability of a spare pair of hands and had no problem either way - plenty of water if done the night before  (seems to get kicked over a lot in the trailer so I usually go out and fill up again last thing before bed).


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