Learning the language of pigs

12-02-2007 | |

British pig farmers have a new tool to overcome initial language problems with new foreign staff: basic guidelines for workers from abroad.

The set of guidelines, provided by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) is available in four languages: Lithuanian, Russian, Romanian and Polish. They cover food and water, handling and moving pigs, restraining pigs, sick pig management, hygiene, useful words and slap marking.


BPEX director of pig industry development Mark Wilson said at the BPEX website, “These sheets cover the basics and will help people get over the first few days when communication can be difficult.

“They are especially good for some of the more technical aspects where a specialised vocabulary is required. This is something that can take a long time to acquire.

“They came about after discussions with the larger pig producers and veterinarians about the communications problems they faced with some foreign workers.


“Russian was one of those chosen because, though not many are from Russia, most of them do speak and understand it, it’s a bridging language.”

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