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Using Needles

Section: Stockmanship Standards

Using Needles

Using Needles
Needle Use
1 Always use a sharp new disposable needle each day.
2 When injecting a group of healthy pigs do not use the same needle for more than 10 - 12 pigs (one litter).
Note: If Eperythrozoonosis is a problem needles should not be shared, discuss this with your vet.
3 Never use a blunt needle
4 Needles must not go from a sick pig to a healthy pig.
5 Only use a clean needle to draw out of a vaccine bottle.
6 Dispose of used needles (and blades) in a proper Sharps bin.
7 Return full Sharps bin to the veterinarian for safe disposal.
8 Do not share needles with another stockperson.
Needle Length and Size
? Intramuscular Liveweight kg Subcutaneous injections
1 Piglet 5/8" 21g 1 - 7 Piglet 5/8 21g
2 Weaner 1" 19g 7 - 25 Weaner 5/8" 21g
3 Grower 1" 19g 25 - 60 Grower 1/2" 19g
4 Finisher 1" 16g 60 - 100 Finisher 1/2" 19g
5 Adult 1.5" 16g ? Adult 1" 19g
Accidental Self Injection
1 Inform manager (or assistant manager) immediately.
2 Obtain relevant data sheet and/or COSHH sheet
3 Telephone local medical centre for advice.
4 Be taken to the local medical centre with data sheet and name and telephone of the farm veterinarian. Do not drive yourself.


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Buy Pig Stockmanship Standards Extracted from Garth Pig Stockmanship Standards*
written by Dr John Carr.

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*Published by 5M Enterprises Limited

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