Dutch Roadshow focussed on the ban on routine tail docking
A total of 19 inspectors attended, who represent the three regions (North, Middle, South). The meeting was organised together with a representative from the Dutch Competent Authority. The Competent Authority asked to focus the programme on the issue that Dutch inspectors are currently most confronted with: the ban on routine tail docking. In addition, the delegates were asked to have a look at the output of EURCAW pigs and comment on it.
Topics discussed during the two-day meeting:
- Roadmaps to long tails were presented and discussed. Which steps and measures can be taken on a farm to be able to keep pigs with long tails?
- A farmer was invited as a guest speaker and talked about his experiences with keeping pigs with long tails and plans for the future;
- The scientific background of risk factors for tail biting in pigs was presented. Subsequently issues and problems during inspections were discussed with our experts in small rotating groups;
- How routine tail docking can be stopped in Finland and how Germany approaches tail docking and biting was presented and discussed on the second day;
- How helpful are the different tools provided by EURCAW-Pigs to help inspectors during their work?
A more detailed summary of the discussions will follow soon. This will be a combined summary of the outcomes of the three Roadshows.
Introphoto: Roadshow meeting in The Netherlands (©EURCAW-Pigs)