transporting pregnant sows
Transporting pregnant animals is always tricky. With sows, they are most vulnerable within the first 30-45 days of pregnancy. Also moving sows late in gestation can be difficult due to their resistance to walking and difficulty in loading depending on the facilities in place to load and unload animals. However there are many cases where sows are transported within a few days of farrowing without issue. Therefore it is up to the producer to determine if they have the appropriate loading and unloading facilities and if their trailer or truck has adequate space to effectively transport sows late in gestation. Care should be taken to minimize handling stress and effort should be made to have facilities so that sows do not have to either step down or jump up to get into or out of trailers and buildings, or have adequate ramps to minimize the incline they have to use to move into and out of buildings and trailers/trucks.