Lead

calendar icon 3 December 2018
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Compared to ruminants swine are not easily poisoned by lead and lead poisoning is rare. A level of at least 30mg per day is required before any signs are seen. Lead acts on the central nervous system causing pain, grinding of the teeth, blindness, severe muscle twitching and incoordination. Kidney tissue is a good source for sampling and levels of more than 4ppm indicate poisoning.

Treatment

Calcium EDTA 1% solutions are used for treatments at a level of 110mg/kg

Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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