Swine fever / African swine fever
Pigs can get sick from swine fever or African swine fever. The African swine fever is transmitted by wild boar, among other things. Many infected pigs have already been found in the wild in Belgium. It will be a matter of time for the swine fever to reach sheds.
Various forms of swine fever are active in many countries around the world. Millions of animals have already been culled in China, but the virus is also spreading in Eastern Europe and Russia. In many cases, the animals are not culled in an animal-friendly manner.
The TCC-group has developed various methods together with the Wageningen University WUR (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KBda80ebac) to cull pigs in an animal-friendly manner. These methods consist of electrocution and gassing (NOFFⓇ). These methods are used in slaughterhouses and we can implement this on the farm at the pig farmer. Our fully automatic NOFF (“knor” in Norwegian) is built into a sea container so that it can be transported quickly. It delivers a gas mixture fully automatically. 20 slaughter pigs can be euthanized in one go. Large sows or bears, but also small pigs and piglets can be killed without modifications to the NOFF. A fully automatic treadmill neatly transports the killed animals to the container. The capacity can be increased by applying multiple NOFFs at the same time.