New Euthanasia Workshops being Rolled Out

Pork producers are committed to making sure their pigs receive proper humane animal care. But despite their best efforts, not every pig will make it to market. IPIC swine specialist J. Erik Potter says a new euthanasia workshop created by Dr. Anna Johnson, associate professor of animal science; Dr. Suzanne Millman, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical science; and the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will address this important issue. [Source: IPIC, November 6, 2017]

Topics in the two-hour workshop include:

  • Review of Pork Quality Assurance Plus and CSIA euthanasia materials
  • Euthanasia introduction
  • Insensibility signs
  • How to determine death
  • Review of pigs that meet euthanasia criteria per PQA Plus and the CSIA
  • Approved swine euthanasia method(s) based on what the producer is using

For questions or to schedule a workshop, contact Potter at or your local Iowa State Extension and Outreach swine specialist.