Guide for humane killing on farm

05 Sep 2020

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The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has published a new training guide for the emergency humane killing of neonate pigs, goats and sheep on-farm due to injury, ill health or disease.

The publication is the culmination of research funded by Defra and carried out by the University of Bristol and the HSA.

The guidance describes the use of mechanical, non-penetrating captive-bolt devices for neonate farm animals up to a maximum weight of 5 kg. It steers the operator through the process and also explains what constitutes an effective stun-kill.

Primarily aimed at vets and livestock producers, the guidance, with illustrations and video links, is available to download free of charge from the charity’s website,


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