The training course on “Animal welfare in pig production” will allow participants to achieve the necessary skills to:
- interpret relevant EU legislation;
- apply scientific basis for proper housing, management (including provisions of enrichment material, group housing of sows and gilts, feeding practices for dry pregnant sows and gilts, mutilation procedures such as tail-docking, tooth clipping and castration) and handling of pigs;
- assess compliance of existing farming systems (including requirements for manipulability and rooting materials, flooring types, etc.) with the current EU legislation;
- monitor animal welfare outcomes, throughout practical experience on the farm;
- carry out efficient inspections at farm level, including practical guidance on how to verify compliance of farming systems and management practices with the EU legislation;
- be aware on how a strong cooperation between competent authorities and stakeholders in the production chain can improve the welfare conditions of pigs at farms.
The course will also provide practical training on welfare inspection of pigs in farms, focused particularly on the assessment of the housing conditions and management practices.
Official veterinarians belonging to NCAs of EU MSs, EFTA, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in official controls on animal welfare aspects concerning the farming of pigs; development of good practices to improve the application of European norms and/or international standards (where appropriate).
Please find at this link the 2015-2016 training calendar.