CARE OF NEWBORN PIGLETS

The most critical time of pig’s life is from birth to weaning. Fifty percent of piglets mortility occurs with in five days of birth.
AFTER BIRTH-
Cut the needle teeth of piglets after birth. Spray iodine solution on navel cord, clean piglets with a cloth, piglets are deficient in iron so give them a iron supplement. Over dose of iron may cause diarrhea.

PIGLETS HOUSE-
Provide piglets a good bedding of straw. Wash pen with detergent, spray some medicine like omnicide in the pen which will remove all pathogen responsible for causing diseases.

NUTRITION-
A piglet must be received his nutrition solely from his mother’s milk. If mother milk is not available goat milk may be a good substitute. piglet must be weaned at the age of 8-10 weeks.

Some processing in piglets care are as follows-
Iron injections –
An important and essential procedure for confinement raised swine Not giving iron and result in anemia, scours,poor health
Most important for fast growing pigs Give 1 cc on day 2-3 and another at day 14 OR give 1.5 cc on day 2-3.

Tail docking-
Done to prevent tail biting in growing-finishing pigs especially in confinement
Tail removed ½ – ¾” from base of tail

Emasculator, wire cutters, scalpel, hot docking iron (less stress response)
Do NOT do on day of birth – wait until pigs have ingested colostrum (do on day 3 with iron shot)

Clipping needle teeth

Done because the sharp teeth can damage the sow’s udder and other pigs and prevention of greasy pig disease.

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