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Garth Pig Stockmanship Standards

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.

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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