To facilitate training, EURCAW-Pigs offers suggestions for training and continuing education courses for inspectors. These are specifically targeted towards the eight prioritized welfare areas along the value chain (on-farm, transport, slaughter).

EURCAW-Pigs provides:

  • Examples of training plans and materials used in different Member States in English, to the extent possible.
  • Quality standards, advice, templates, and technical support. These are provided in English so that they can be used by all EU member states. Training and education suggestions may include, for example, calibration between inspectors, seminars, lectures on new legislation, lectures on the biological basis of legislation, and communication workshops.
  • Training suggestions for improvement of communication skills and ways to support inspection-driven welfare improvement.

    EURCAW-Pigs also supports the 'Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF)' training sessions on Animal Welfare. For an update on suspension of BTSF training sessions due to COVID-19see BTSF website.

    Training activities and materials

    If you have access to training material from your own country that can be useful for training of inspectors, please sent your example to EURCAW-Pigs. If possible in English and with a short comment on why this example can be useful in training.

    • Example from Sweden - This presentation is an example how training material in pig control assessment for animal welfare inspectors in Sweden can be conducted.

      • Evaluation of body condition and other parameters on pigs, Birgitta Staaf Larsson, Swedish Centre for Animal Welfare, SLU, 2020
      • The training is performed with TurningPoint clickers and the results are shown after the voting on each slide.
      • The results are discussed and the participants asked to calibrate themselves according to what the majority of the group voted.

      Standards for training

      Quality standards, advice, templates, and technical support. EURCAW-pigs developed a preliminary set of recommendations for national training and specified learning outcomes for each of our eight prioritized welfare areas.

          Inspection-driven improvement

          Communication to handle ambivalence and make changes happen on farm.