Pigs take an essential role on the smallholding - they provide much of the fun & are often the most reliable source of income.
Good parasite control can increase the quality of weaners you sell or improve their growth & feed conversion rate. Most wormers have a 28 day meat withdrawal period - so plan ahead.
All outdoor pigs are susceptible to worms.
Recommended pig FEC testing frequency: pre-breeding, pre-sale, 8 weeks before intended slaughter date
Cost of WEC test: £14.50 up to 5 samples
This can be a mix&match of species across the farm
aka the Roundworms:
Jaundice & liver failure
Low kill weight & rejected livers due to 'milk spots' - white scars from larval migration through the liver & the lungs
aka Trichuris suis
Bloody, mucoid diarrhoea
Low kill weight, very poor feed conversion rates
aka Oesophagostomum dentatum
Nodules in the intestines
Poor body condition
Condemnation of the intestines at abattoir
Mainly affects piglets:
Diarrhoea (often pasty)
Blood & mucus in faeces
Permanent gut damage
Healthy adults will often have coccidia in their faeces - interpret positive samples with care before using a coccidiostat