The Checkoff is partnering with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the National Pork Producers Council to create pain-management protocols, with the goal of facilitating Food and Drug Administration-approved pain-management options.
“Producers continue to be challenged to find ways to mitigate pain associated with surgical castration of neonatal piglets or to find alternatives to the procedure,” said Sara Crawford, assistant vice president of social responsibility for the Pork Checkoff.
Today, there are no FDA-approved products specifically labeled for pain control in swine, nor are there clear and reliable prescription options under the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act.
Developing and validating a research protocol to assess the efficacy of pain interventions will enable pharmaceutical companies to submit new product approvals or label claims related to pain,” Crawford said. “It also will allow veterinarians to confidently prescribe products, researchers to reliably assess pain and potential mitigation strategies, and pig farmers to make responsible decisions regarding animal welfare.”
For more information, visit Checkoff’s animal well-being pages on 
Progress Made on Pain Control Efforts