Eye On Europe: Health passports precede piglets from breeder to feeding unit

In Germany, veterinarians, hog breeders and feeders co-operate to ensure that the health history and feeding information of weaners are faxed ahead of them when they travel


German swine producers have developed a voluntary hog health passport system for better control of disease in feeding units.

The “passport” is filled out by the farm veterinary when a batch of weaners is shipped to a separate feeding unit and is signed by both the vet and the farmer involved. Most of the schemes also allow for details of weaner feed rations, feeding system and even type of pen to be filled in, too.

Better Pork - October 2008