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PIGS

&PARASITES

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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: £12.50 up to 5 samples

This can be a mix&match of species across the farm

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ascarids

aka the Roundworms:

Ascaris suum

 

SYMPTOMS

Stunted growth

Coughing

Weight loss

Intestinal obstruction

Jaundice & liver failure

Low kill weight & rejected livers due to 'milk spots' - white scars from larval migration through the liver & the lungs 

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WHIPWORM

aka Trichuris suis

SYMPTOMS

Stunting

Bloody, mucoid diarrhoea

Rectal prolapse

Low kill weight, very poor feed conversion rates

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Nodular Worm

aka Oesophagostomum dentatum

SYMPTOMS

Nodules in the intestines

Poor body condition

Diarrhoea

Condemnation of the intestines at abattoir

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coccidia 

aka Coccidiosis:

Eimeria, Isospora

SYMPTOMS

Mainly affects piglets:

Diarrhoea (often pasty)

Blood & mucus in faeces

Skinny 

Permanent gut damage

Healthy adults will often have coccidia in their faeces - interpret positive samples with care before using a coccidiostat