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Happy pigs are Healthy pigs - FAQ's - 2010

Q Whats the best type of pig to set to work clearing a rough patch of hilly ground?

Q Is it necessary to vaccinate my outdoor breeding pigs against erysipelas?

Q Im uncertain about whether I should insert nose rings in my outdoor breeding pigs. Id be very interested in your considered opinion.

Q My sows and the boar have dirty, scabby areas on their legs, like the one in the photograph. I have used pig oil on these areas, which seems to have helped, but the marks remain. Sometimes, Ive noticed them bleeding a little, too. Is there something that I could spray the areas with that would be more effective?

Q The few gilts and sows that I keep have a very thin cover of hair. This is most apparent in the Tamworth, but Ive noticed the same condition on my Large Black and cross-bred pigs too. Theres almost a total loss of hair cover along the sides and hind limbs. What do you think is causing this and should I be concerned?

Vet FAQ's Archive 2010
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