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Pithing rods

humane slaughter, best practice biosecurity

Cow Eye

What is a pithing rod?

  • Pithing rods are used to ensure that an animal is killed after stunning. 

  • The rods destroy parts of the brain and spinal cord, ensuring death, and reduce the reflex kicking which can occur after stunning.

  • The rods seal the stunning hole, providing good biosecurity.

Emergency and humane casualty slaughter

  • When animals must be killed humanely on farm, or in other locations, for disease control purposes, or in an emergency situation, disposable pithing rods allow the slaughterman to adopt best practice.

  • They ensure humane slaughter, provide good biosecurity protection and eliminate the need to bleed out the animal.

  • The rods are designed for single use, this ensures that the rods do not represent a risk of disease spread, and that they remain with the animal when it is disposed.

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Cattle - casualty and emergency slaughter

Sows and boars - casualty and emergency slaughter

Deer - casualty and emergency slaughter

Large wild and zoo animals -  casualty and emergency slaughter


Pithing rods are packaged in handling bags of 25, and bulk bags of 500. 

Rods can be sent in any multiple of these pack sizes.

Please contact us for prices and shipping costs.

25 bag

500 bag

In the case of outbreak of notifiable or epidemic disease, government agencies and welfare organisations may develop contingency plans. 

‘Planned stocking’ helps to ensure that rods are available at short notice in the event of a disease outbreak.

Contingency planning

We can ship rods worldwide.



Contact Us

+44 (0) 1934 833025

+44 (0) 7966 075269

We are based in the UK,

but we ship rods globally.

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