How to Put a Ring in a Pig's Nose

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How to Put a Ring in a Pig's Nose
Pigs like to root in the cool mud. (pig image by Zbigniew Nowak from

Farmers often have to put a nose ring into their pigs' snouts to prevent them from rooting out of their pens. It is a natural instinct for pigs to root around in the soil; they do this to create a cool place to lay or to forage for insects and grubs. Often, this natural instinct must be halted; pigs can root around so much inside the pen that they destroy the fencing and escape, causing them to wander onto country roads or into a neighbouring farmyard.

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Things you need

  • Hog squeeze shoot or catchpole
  • Nose ring
  • Nose ring pliers
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Blood stop powder

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  1. 1

    Restrain your pig by chasing it into a hog shoot or by using a catch pole in its mouth and around its jaw. You will need an assistant to help you with the restraint.

  2. 2

    Place the nose ring into the groove on the open nose ring pliers.

  3. 3

    Add a bit of antibiotic cream to the tips of each side of the nose ring. This will help prevent infection.

  4. 4

    Grip the handle of the nose ring pliers firmly but not enough to bend the nose ring out of shape.

  5. 5

    Position the nose ring on the outside nostril area on both sides of the nose. Do not place the nose ring in the cartilage in between the nostrils.

  6. 6

    Squeeze the nose ring pliers quickly and firmly. The points in the nose ring will meet in the middle.

  7. 7

    Release the nose ring pliers. If the snout is bleeding, place some blood stop powder on the snout and then release the pig.

Tips and warnings

  • Many farmers put two or three rings in each nostril.
  • Supply your pig with plenty of hay so that it can push and move the hay to create a bed or to explore for insects.

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