New online tool launched to help address tail-biting

A new online tool has been developed to help pig farmers address the problem of tail-biting.

Research funded jointly by AHDB Pork and the RSPCA, and carried out by the University of Bristol with the University of Newcastle, identified a set of the most important risk factors associated with tail biting.

From this, an evidence-based WebHAT (Web-based Husbandry Advisory Tool) has been developed.

This is an interactive website providing specific information about the key risks for tail biting in pigs, according to AHDB Pork.

It can also be used to generate a report of prioritised, key tail-biting risks found on a farm and provides practical suggestions to help address and reduce the specific risks identified on farm.

Farmer feedback

The National Pig Association is asking for feedback from any producers who have used the tool.

How was it to use? Was it helpful? Are there any ways it could be improved?

You can let the association know via npa@npanet.org.uk, stating whether you want your views to be private or public for the NPA forum.

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