Pigs intended for slaughter are tattooed at the latest three weeks before the first pigs are slaughtered. Pigs are tattooed a section and a pen at a time with a section-specific stamp, whereupon the slaughterhouse reports provide the animals' weights and meat quality information by section.

Before the slaughter vehicle arrives, slaughter-ready pigs in the section are marked with for example color codes and then moved to the corridor. Link to tattoo instructions.



Make sure the numbers in the tattoo hammer are not broken!


If the pigs do not meet ETL's eligibility conditions, they have to be treated or put down. Eligibility conditions can be found for example on the meat refiner's production site.

The driver is responsible for the animals in the load, so the driver makes the ultimate decision on the transportability of the animals. (link to ETL's instructions)

Loading dock

Meat piggeries are to be equipped with an appropriate loading dock onto which slaughter-ready pigs can be moved to wait for the slaughter vehicle. With the help of a loading dock, pigs can be loaded without the vehicle driver having to step into the "clean" part of the piggery. Pigs are moved calmly in order to avoid stressing them unnecessarily or injuring them during transfer.


Lastaus 300cm

Loading 300cm

Seinästä 350cm

350cm from the wall

1 Lastauslaituri

1 Loading dock

2 Kuljettajan kävelyeste

2 Driver's walking barrier

3 Raatosäilytys, kylmä

3 Cold storage for carcasses

4 Raatokärryn säilytys

4 Storage for the carcass cart

5 Pudotusluiska / ovi

5 Door

6 Ovi, 180cm leveä

6 Door, 180cm wide

Käytävä, K1

Corridor, C1

A well planned loading dock makes the loading of pigs into the slaughter vehicle faster and easier.