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Managing Backyard Swine Disease Image Credit: Agriculture
Managing Backyard Swine Disease Image Credit: Agriculture

Managing Backyard Swine Disease

THE PIG is one of the most widely utilized livestock animals around the world. It has been domesticated for several thousand years and is primarily used as a food source. As a result, many farms incorporate pigs in their setup for additional income and for personal consumption.

Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

In pig raising, however, there are several factors that could affect a pig’s health and here are some underlying reasons.

COMMON AILMENTS AMONG PIGS

Leandro Naigan, product manager in backyard swine division of Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialist, said that pigs should be in good health no matter what breed it is.

A common problem in both the backyard and commercial pig raising is piglet scouring.

Scouring is also known as diarrhea and occurs widely among piglets before and after weaning. It is often caused by inappropriate husbandry like early weaning, poor hygiene, stress, the presence of bacteria such as E. Coli, and improper feeding.

Treatment involves using antibiotics such as amoxicillin and penicillin, although Naigan discourages the use of such chemicals. Instead, focus should be shifted on preventing the presence of such a disease.

“It is important to keep pigs free from chemicals because pork is one of the most highly consumed meat products of Filipinos,” Naigan said.

Since scouring happens because of the improper weaning and stressful living conditions, it is important to maintain a clean environment for pigs, as well as for weaning piglets once they are six weeks old.

Additionally, Naigan suggests to look for medicine or feed that provide electrolytes to keep the piglet’s disease from getting worse. It also helps boost the animal’s immune system. Oth


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