Pre-weaning Scour Protocols

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Piglet treatments

1

Treat whole litter as soon as one piglet starts to show symptoms

2

Place a cube drinker filled with water, electrolytes and glucose. This must be replaced at least 4 times daily. Keep clean Sinple homemade electrolytes

3

If creep is provided, remove the creep

4

All piglets to be given colostrum

5

Administer antimicrobial oral dose measured doses once a day by mouth, see the practice. Ensure you do not use this medicator for healthy piglets

6

Inject with a suitable antimicrobial.

7

Clean up scour as soon as possible

8

The stockpeople must wash their hands after treating the piglets and dip their boots in disinfectant

9

Syringes or oral dosers must not be used on a sick piglet and then used on a healthy piglet

10

If scour occurs after day 10 consider coccidiosis

Cross-fostering

1

Piglets movements must be carefully monitored. A lot of scouring is associated with fostering. Review cross-fostering protocols

Movements of utensils and people from one room to the next

2

All rooms should have their own brush and shovel

3

Each brush and shovel should be placed in disinfectant when not in use. Ensure disinfectant is still working

4

Teeth clipping, tattooing, notching and tail docking equipment must be thoroughly cleaned between rooms

5

Ensure that the rooms are thoroughly cleaned between batches

6

Consider lime-washing to enhance hygiene and disinfection

Investigation

1

As soon as scour starts, submit rectal swabs

2

If piglets die, submit piglet for post-mortem examination

3

If scour continues, submit live piglets before treatment

Long term

1

Pressure washing principles must be exemplary

2

Practice lime washing if possible

3

Practice all-in/all-out pig flow

4

If scour is a persistent problem have the environment examined in detail i.e. for drafts

5

Ensure preventative protocols are adhered to, i.e. vaccination and feed-back