Teeth & Tails
Tail docking – removal of part of the pig’s tail in order to reduce the risk of tail biting in older pigs.
Teeth reduction –the sharp ends of the needle teeth are removed on some piglets to reduce damage to the sows’ teats during suckling and to other piglets.
Routine tail docking and teeth clipping or grinding are not legally permitted except under certain circumstances, but should only be used where other management options have proven to be ineffective, and at the recommendation of a veterinary surgeon. Your health and welfare plan should identify circumstances where these procedures may be necessary.