Week of 10-Nov-2017

After an increase of sudden deaths in growing and finishing pigs, lesions like this are detected. What is the most likely cause?

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Intestinal torsion was the cause of death in this pig. This is usually a sporadic death. Mortality in weaned and growing pigs should normally be less than 3% and up to a third of this may be caused by torsion. If it reaches 1% or more, the dietary components should be examined closely to see if there are starch based ingredients that might cause excessive fermentation in the gut. In such cases, the addition of an antibiotic and/or increasing the fibre level in the diet will reduce the bacterial multiplication that produces intestinal gas and finally a twist.

Over-feeding could cause an abnormal fermentation of the contents of both the small and large intestine resulting in gas formation, increased pressure and a twist.

Week of 29-Nov-2018

Most of the pigs in this pen have dark coloured over the skin. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 23-Nov-2018

A number of weaners died suddenly within the first 4 weeks post-weaning. All them have oedema of mesocolon at post-mortem examination. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 15-Nov-2018

Which pathogen causes this lesion?

Week of 02-Nov-2018

What lesion is seen?

Week of 25-Oct-2018

A sow is found with skin lacerations in the pen. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 18-Oct-2018

Many sows have abscesses in the side of the neck. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 12-Oct-2018

The whole litter of piglets is trembling and shacking. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 04-Oct-2018

A carcass is split in half and an abscess is found in the spine and burst. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 28-Sep-2018

A number of finishing pigs have ulcerative pododermatitis on the lateral side of their feet which causes lameness. What is the cause of this lesion?