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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

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 

WHIPWORM

aka Trichuris suis

SYMPTOMS

Stunting

Bloody, mucoid diarrhoea

Rectal prolapse

Low kill weight, very poor feed conversion rates

Nodular Worm

aka Oesophagostomum dentatum

SYMPTOMS

Nodules in the intestines

Poor body condition

Diarrhoea

Condemnation of the intestines at abattoir

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

Small Holder's Worm Advice Service

Tomtebo, Nickley Wood Road, Ashford, Kent TN26 1LZ

email: orlestone.farm@outlook.com

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