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Disease and welfare issues of the piglet

Arthritis

  • Joint infections
  • Faulty teeth clipping
  • Lack of colostrum
  • Poor hygiene. Dirty udders
  • Rough floors
  • Starvation
  • Trauma to teeth and tails
  • Sore knees from rough concrete surfaces

Atrophic rhinitis

  • High humidity
  • High levels of dust

Coccidiosis

  • Poor pen hygiene

Diarrhoea

  • Wet draughty dirty pens
  • Lack of colostrum
  • Lack of sow immunity

Greasy pig disease

  • Poor pen maintenance
  • Poor teeth clipping
  • Skin trauma

High mortality

  • Badly designed crates
  • Cold
  • Damp
  • Draughts
  • Excessive disturbance
  • Failure to obtain colostrum
  • Lack of supervision in first 24 hours
  • Overweight sows
  • Poor management

Hypoglycaemia

  • Agalactia
  • Badly designed crates
  • Chilling
  • Cold
  • Failure to suckle
  • Poor management
  • Poor teat access
  • Slippery floors
  • Splay legs