Reducing piglet mortalities is the most important thing you can do in the nursery. Alan Evers, Cooper Farms, says the company has a standard operating procedure to reduce mortality and manage starve-outs. Here are the highlights of that program:

  • Walk pens and mark any pigs that are in jeopardy.
  • Spot treat and mark any pigs that you’ve treated.
  • Remove any pigs showing symptoms of starving out. It is important to do this as early as possible.
  • Prepare a feeding mixture of gruel and water, and make it available to at-risk piglets. Be sure to keep it clean and fresh.
  • Add a milk replica to the gruel.
  • Control piglet scours through injections or oral medications.
  • Add medications to gruel.
  • Use heat lamps and mats as appropriate.
  • Place small amounts of feed on mats to get starve-outs to eat.