Practical tips for improving herd health

October 31, 2017 | by admin

Practical tips for improving herd health

Excerpt from Better Pork magazine article authored by Dr. Jessica Law of Prairie Swine Health Services:

Regularly reviewing barn hygiene practices enables you to identify ways to improve your operation.

Maintaining general barn hygiene is a daily task and something that pork producers and employees can overlook when time is tight and staff availability is low.

In the event of increased pre-weaning mortality, veterinarians tend to highly scrutinize hygiene practices beffore they attribute the spike to a specific disease. We review barn hygiene and general care before we reach for the big guns like proposing a chane to vaccination protocols or turning to preventative antibiotics.

Now that our antibiotic usage is scrutinized more than ever, altering hygience-specific protocols can be beneficial in reducing treatment levels and pre-weaning mortality.

Read the full article to learn more about:

  • Farrowing hygiene
  • Processing hygiene
  • Day-to-day hygiene

Among key advice:

"Try a few improvements every month or so and review the impact on your herd's health."

"Continue to review and improve hygiene practices, as the consequences of complacency are high and the benefits of the extra effort are worth every second."

Click here to read the full article in Better Pork

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