Week of 24-Nov-2017
This sow has been weaned 2 weeks ago and has this lesion on the shoulder. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?
Shoulder sores on sows are not common, but they can occur from time to time, the most likely stage for them to develop is during the first two weeks in the farrowing house. The sores can vary from small red patches on the skin, to wounds of up to 10 cm in diameter. Various factors can lead to the development of shoulder sores, with poor sow condition and prolonged lying periods on hard floors during lactation being the main contributors.
Sores are caused by pressure compressing the blood vessels supplying the skin and tissues covering the shoulder blade, this interrupts the blood flow causing tissue damage and the formation of lesions. These are different from other skin wounds resulting from causes such as fighting, and need different treatment.
The best method of prevention is good management, however if sores do develop, interventions must be put in place immediately; these include fitting a mat in the crate or moving the sow to a more spacious pen with soft bedding.
Week of 06-Jul-2018
There is blood stain in the costocondral area affecting the pleura. What is the cause of this lesion?
Week of 28-Jun-2018
This sow has a mass protruding from behind. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?
Week of 21-Jun-2018
Spinal chord compression was detected when inspecting this pig carcass. What is the cause of this lesion?
Week of 14-Jun-2018
The unit has an increase of coughing and poor growth rates. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?
Week of 07-Jun-2018
The vet in the slaughterhouse condemns a sow with this skin lesions under welfare grounds and reports the farmer. What is the cause of these lesions?
Week of 01-Jun-2018
Widespread petechiation and congestion of the lung. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?
Week of 24-May-2018
A weaner pig is laying on its side unable to walk, making paddling movements, eyes rolling and with opisthotonus. What is the cause of the problem in this case?
Week of 17-May-2018
A batch of finishing pigs is presented to the slaughterhouse with skin lesions around the perineal area and lower body parts. What is the cause of this lesion?