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Sunburn

This is a common condition in sows outdoors particularly in non pigmented breeds.

Ultra violet radiation not only damages the skin but also has an effect on the reproductive system and the maintenance of pregnancy.

Symptoms

Piglets
  • Reddened skin.
Sows
  • Reddened skin.
  • Blistering.
  • Wet dermatitis.
  • Pigs show pain / discomfort.
  • Illness.
  • Reabsorption of embryos.
  • Irregular returns.
  • Abortions.
  • Will not accept boar at mating.
Weaners & Growers
  • Reddened skin.
  • Blistering.
  • Wet dermatitis.
  • Pigs show pain / discomfort.
  • Illness.

Causes /Contributing factors

  • Non pigmented breeding stock.
  • Lack of shades.
  • Lack of wallows.
  • Poor maintenance of wallows.
  • Brassica tops e.g. turnips, parsnips may predispose.

Diagnosis

This is by the clinical signs.

Further Reading

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