ThePigSite Quick Disease Guide
Under normal circumstances, if there is no secondary infection, the condition is not commercially important but if breeding stock is being produced then the system needs to be adjusted or there will be a drop in selection rates.
- Swellings develop over the lateral sides of the hocks and elbows and over the points of the hocks.
- Occasional lameness may be seen.
- Infection may occur.
- If skin is broken and secondary infection occurs abscesses develop.
- Ulceration of the skin.
Causes / Contributing factors
- Poor floor surfaces.
- Lack of bedding.
- High stocking densities on slats.
- Bad slats in confinement.