Pig Farm Precautions

August 21, 2014

From farrowing to grow finishing, pig farming is a messy business. In addition to the dangers all farmers face, like dealing with animals, operating heavy machinery, loud noise exposure and heavy lifting, you have special concerns unique to pig farm employees.

There are three common risks associated with working at a pig farm.

Respiratory Problems

One-quarter of all pig farm workers have one or more documented respiratory problems, including chronic bronchitis, asthma-like wheezing and chest tightness. The most common culprit is dust from feed, dried manure and pig skin cells.

Manure Gas Exposure

Large pits more than half a metre deep have the potential to rapidly release a dangerous gas when disturbed. Picture the release that occurs when you shake a bottle of champagne and remove the cork; that’s how pent-up gas comes out of manure pits.

Accidental Needlesticks

Chemicals in needles meant for animals can be extremely dangerous to humans.

How to Protect Yourself


Pig farming is a lot of work, but as long as you follow the proper safety recommendations, you’ll be happy as a pig in mud!

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