Environmental Medicine


The following area introduces the concept of reviewing the pig’s environment to assist in the maintenance of the pig’s health.




This section details:


Equipment that may be used to review the environment

An example report

A diagnostic tool kit to help maintain the health of the sow and piglet in the farrowing area

Environmental medicine – a veterinary approach

Pen design and pen changes

A guide to a growing pig’s basic requirements - Australian, European Union, USA and Canada


Legal aspects – Western Australia (Act (2002) and Code (2008) (pdf files) – around the world


Please review the various parts of the pen:

Water supply

Problems with the water supply

Feed supply

Problems with the feed supply

Flooring system

Problems with the floor and hygiene

Air and ventilation

Problems with the air and ventilation system


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