December 20, 2011

Photo of the week: The importance of monitoring herd health

Two pigs with a condition commonly called "greasy pig." Image is from the Animal Science Image Gallery, a project by ASAS and the National Agricultural Library.

This photo was submitted to the Animal Science Image Gallery by the National Pork Board. They write, “Greasy pig, caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus hyicus, is spread from gilts or sows to their litters as well as from pig to pig. Treatments include antibiotics and local applications of products on the skin of affected pigs. A  sensitivity test in advance of treatment can determine whether the causative  organism may be resistant to some antibiotics. Washing gilts or sows with a  disinfectant shampoo prior to farrowing, and disinfecting the farrowing crate  can be helpful. Also, spraying or dipping the affected pigs in solutions of  nolvasan, weladol, chlorox, or zinc sulfate also have been effective. A Veterinarian can provide guidance for the proper rates to mix these products.  Combinations of antibiotics and oils that can be sprayed on the pigs have proven  effective in some cases. As the best preventive measures depend on the  facilities, it is advisable to consult with a veterinarian to optimize chances  to eradicate the infection. An accurate diagnosis is critical because some other skin conditions resemble greasy pig.”

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