Thompson's Tip: Hospital pen management
Pigs with no hope of recovery should not enter the pen but instead be euthanised 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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