Assessing the prevalence and effect of reusing needles on piglet welfare in the UK


AWF Research Fund



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Student Research


Investigator(s): Kathryn Owen

Supervisor(s): Dr Troy Gibson, Dr Nicola Blackie

The reuse of needles in the farming industry is a common occurrence, but information on how widespread this practice is in the UK pig sector during routine injection of piglets with iron supplements is currently unknown. In this project, UK pig farmers will be asked to complete a short questionnaire on how they administer iron injections to piglets. The results will be used to design a short laboratory project aimed to assess how repeated use of a needle affects the force required to push a needle into and out of piglet skin. This project will provide scientific evidence to address this potential welfare issue.