ThePigSite Quick Disease Guide
It first becomes evident 12 to 24 hours after birth. The teats in front of the umbilicus are the ones at risk because these have the greatest contact with the floor during sucking.
Commercially the condition is not important but it is if gilts are reared for breeding.
- The teat end appears bright red gradually becoming black.
- The damage can be severe resulting in a blind or inverted teat.
- Teats may show permanent damage from trauma at birth.
- More common in the teats in front of the navel.
Causes / Contributing factors
- Trauma to the teats occurs on all floor surfaces but to a lesser extent on those that are well bedded with shavings or straw.