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found water and started to exhibit feeding behavior. This is a critical time to identify pigs that lack such behavior or are becoming dehydrated. This may involve hand feeding pellets or using a gruel administered with a syringe. 8.) Minimize sorting and mixing of pigs. It appears that in multiple-site production systems with a narrow weaning age spread per group, that minimal sorting and mixing result in better growth. 9.) Adjust the feeders frequently. "If your fingers don't ache from cleaning the feed gates, you are not adjusting them properly." "We have observed decrease growth rate as a result of improper feeder adjustment." 10.) Compile and analyze closeouts. Compiling accurate records is a constant struggle, but it's essential to accurately monitor growth. A key factor when analyzing closeout sis to account for explainable sources of variation from group to group and adjust values for those causes. Table 1. Causes of baby pig losses in 58 litters.* Causes of death Number % total deaths Stillbirths 81 37.9 Crushing or injury 29 13.6 Starvation 26 12.1 Killed 19 8.9 Navel hemorrhage 15 7.0 Enteritis 15 7.0 Myoclonia congenita (shakers) 6 2.8 Intestinal impaction 5 2.3 Iron toxicosis 3 1.4
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Hernia following castration 3 1.4 No diagnosis 12 5.6 214 100.0 Baby Pig Processing First three days after birth: Navel Cord - 1. Treat with iodine 2. If bleeding, tie off immediately with a string Clipping Eye Teeth (8) 1. sharp teeth pointing outward 2. cut off at the gumline Tail Clipping - 1. use blunt cutting edge (sidecutters) 2. cut 3/4 - 1 inch long Iron Injection - 1. before 4 days 2. 100 mg if 3 week weaning 3. 150 mg if 4-5 week weaning 4. inject into the neck Ear Notching - 1.
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