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Parsnips Poison Pigs

3 November 2014, at 11:08am

UK - Farmers are reminded that parsnips are highly toxic to pigs after one producer has had to have several outdoor sows put down and many have aborted.

An outdoor producer has suffered dire consequences from putting pigs into a field that had grown parsnips. The crop had been incorporated rather than lifted and parsnips are poisonous.

It resulted in four sows going blind and being put down, many more in pain, screeching and behaving oddly. The producer is sure that most of the sows will have aborted.

BPEX vet team manager, Martin Smith, is investigating and a further report will be published.