How to Transport Piglets (for the Smallhold Farmer)

Transporting piglets that you intend raising is an activity to be undertaken with care and great consideration for the safety, well-being and comfort of the piglets. Piglets and smaller pigs can be carried about in your car or a small trailer, although you will need to take certain precautions to ensure that they're kept well hydrated and safe.


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    Provide the right type of transportation. If it's a case of one to two piglets, they might fit snugly and comfortably in the back of a car that has large space (station wagon, van, etc.). If not, obtain a trailer and hitch it onto your car.
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    Provide a large cage for each piglet. A large dog cage should be suitable (you might be able to hire additional ones from the local vet or a boarding kennel). Place a tarpaulin down and line with newspapers, then cover with straw or old blankets for comfort on the base of the cage. Note that this cage method is only suitable for short journeys as livestock should not be confined to a small space for any length of time. The cage is a precaution to prevent them flying about if the vehicle stops suddenly, and to contain them as they move around. If you are traveling for a longer distance, you will need to find a wider space to corral them, or stop frequently to remove them and allow them to walk about, feed, and drink, etc.
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    Travel in the cool of the day. This is especially important during warmer weather, as pigs will heat up quickly (and cannot perspire). Block the back windows of the car from sunlight if it's warm, or cover the cage with dampened cotton blankets. Keep windows down to let air flow through at all times.
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    Prior to travel, only allow the piglet to drink but not to eat. Pigs are partial to motion sickness and any food consumed can trigger this off. Speak softly to your piglet to reassure it. It is likely that it will sleep during the journey but there is no harm in talking to it to reassure it now and then.
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    On arrival at your piglet's new home, keep it confined to a small, comfortable area first so that it can acclimatize to the smells, the noises, the different people and animals around it. Continue talking to it to reassure it and make sure that it has adequate food and water.


  • If you already have a caged off area of your car because you own dogs, this might be suitable enough without having to employ an additional cage.
  • Your new piglet should always have indoor shelter; pigs do not fare well when left exposed to the elements.


  • Do not be tempted to hold the piglet in your arms as a passenger on the way home. Piglets squirm and if something frightens the piglet, it'll be out of your arms in a flash and could easily end up in the way of the driver's feet or vision, risking an accident.

Things You'll Need

  • Large dog cage
  • Blankets
  • Tarpaulin
  • Newspapers
  • Straw
  • Water bowl and water
  • Snacks for journey's end

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