ThePigSite Quick Disease Guide
- A variable number of animals are suddenly found dead in one house.
- The sows' skin will often be burned or inflamed where it contacted the metal.
- Blood and froth are commonly seen around the nostrils and mouth.
- Bones may be fractured.
- Paralysis in surviving pigs.
- Faulty electricity lines and switches. Trip out switches should be provided in the electricity circuits.
- A common cause however is damage by sows that escape from farrowing crates.
Post-mortem examinations are necessary to differentiate electrocution from other causes of sudden death. Veterinary certification is usually required for insurance claims.
Note - If you go into your farrowing house and find large numbers of dead animals STOP and THINK ELECTROCUTION or TOXIC GASES, and DON'T ENTER!