Tips on Hospital Pen Management

UK - The purpose of a hospital pen on the pig farm, as its name implies, is to provide a comfortable environment in which to treat ill pigs and give them a good chance of recovery, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
calendar icon 3 April 2014
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Pigs with no hope of recovery should not enter the pen but instead be euthanased humanely.

He says the commonest concerns seen on the farm are:

  • Pens which contain too many recovered pigs. These animals should be moved on into recovery pens to give fresh cases adequate feed, water and space.
  • Pens where there is no system of tracking the time pigs have spent in the pen —they need regular reassessment, or euthanasia, if not making progress.
  • Continued occupancy without cleaning and disinfection. These are the most contaminated pens on the farm so need regular cleaning!
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