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Processing Baby Pigs. What to do when they are born?. Provide zone heating with heat lamps, heat pads The first milk, colostrum, is rich in disease-preventing immunogloblins ; the very first colostrum is the richest and best, because the quality of colostrum declines over time

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what to do when they are born
What to do when they are born?
  • Provide zone heating with heat lamps, heat pads
  • The first milk, colostrum, is rich in disease-preventing immunogloblins; the very first colostrum is the richest and best, because the quality of colostrum declines over time
  • Prevent chilling so piglets stay warm and active
  • Split suckle. Remove part of the litter for one to two hour periods the first 12 hours after farrowing. Remove the largest, strongest piglets for a 1-2 hour period in the morning and afternoon
processing piglets
Processing Piglets
  • Weigh and record
  • Clip needle teeth
  • Clip and treat the umbilical cord
  • Iron administration
  • Ear Notching
  • Tail docking
  • Castration
  • May process on day of birth or delay a few days
needle teeth
Needle Teeth
  • Piglets have 8 razor sharp needle teeth on top and bottom jaws
  • Clip to prevent harming other piglets and the sow
umbilical cord
Umbilical Cord
  • The umbilical cord needs little attention
  • If piglet is not experiencing excessive bleeding, clip to 4-5 inches and dip cord in iodine
  • Tie off cord if bleeding
iron supplement
Iron Supplement
  • An Iron supplement is necessary to prevent anemia in pigs
  • Administer iron within one to three days
ear notching
Ear Notching
  • Ear Notching is a way of identifying the piglet both individually and by litter
tail docking
Tail Docking
  • An undocked tail is a very convenient target for tail biting or cannibalism
  • To reduce tail biting, dock (or cut off) the tail of newborn piglets within about 24 hours after birth
  • Cut about one inch long
castration
Castration
  • Castration or removal of testicles is best done between 4 and 14 days old
  • Hold piglet, slice testicle, squeeze out then cut off
  • Little bleeding, quick and relatively painless