Week of 12-Jan-2018

There is scour, ill thrift and high mortality during the first 4 weeks post-weaning. All post-mortemed pigs had the same gross lesions, as the one seen in the picture. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

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E. coli with a virulence factor F18 was detected by RT-PCR in this pig.

E. coli is a common inhabitant of the intestine of the pig. At weaning time the loss of sows milk and IgA allow the E. coli to attach to the villi of the small intestines, the toxins cause acute enteritis and diarrhoea. Post-weaning diarrhoea is a common cause of mortality and morbidity. Zinc Oxide had been removed from the weaner diet. These weaner pigs did not have any medication in feed or water. The inclusion of Zinc oxide and medicating the water with colistin helped to resolve the problem. Zinc Oxide in the peri-weaning diets improves pig health and acts as a growth promoter. It prevents diarrhoea and post-weaning enteric disturbances greatly.

Week of 20-Apr-2018

These piglets died within 24 hours after injecting dextran iron in the leg at 2 days old. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 13-Apr-2018

The weaner pig on the left is pale when compared with a normal weaner on the right. These pale pigs are slow growing. What is the cause of the problem in this case?

Week of 06-Apr-2018

These piglets are stunt with distended abdomens. The perineal area in these pigs is abnormal at inspection. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 29-Mar-2018

This pregnant sow is constantly biting the bar above the feeder. What is the most likely cause of this condition?

Week of 22-Mar-2018

This sow has large brown scales on the skin over the back. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 16-Mar-2018

This gilt is pale and has a bloody diarrhoea. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 09-Mar-2018

Multiple lung abscessation (Pyaemia) is detected when doing a post-mortem in a finishing pig. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 02-Mar-2018

There is an increase of regular and irregular returns in the breeding herd accompanied by abortions, stillborns and mummified piglets. All parities are affected. What is the cause of abortion in this picture?

Week of 23-Feb-2018

Sudden death in 6 – 8 weeks old weaner pigs. Carcasses are pale. There is haemorrhagic abdominal fluid with clotted blood strands and hepatic rupture. Excess of fluid in the thorax. Heart and muscles are pale. What is the most likely cause?