Slap Markers

 

Equipment management

1

The slapmarker must be cleaned after use/each batch

2

All numbers/letters must be checked to ensure:

a.     Letters are secure

b.    Pins are not loose

c.      Pins are not missing

d.    Pins are sharp

Storage

 

The slapmarker must be stored in a clean area

Use of slap marker

 

Pigs must be slapped on each shoulder

 

It is not necessary to hit the pig hard if the slapmarker is well

maintained

 

Slap pigs in an area where the slapmarker can be swung without hitting the wall or other pigs

 

If specific pigs need identification add additional letters to the end of the herd number.  For example pigs on a growth trial or medicated on “antibiotic” free systems

Misuse

1

There should only be two slaps per pig, one on each shoulder

2

Additional slap marks are likely to results in a cruelty prosecution

3

The slapmarker must not be used as a goad

4

The slapmarker must not be used to vent ones anger against the difficult pig