Slaughter health checks: 2010 findings

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Slaughter health checks can be a valuable tool for providing a better understanding of a herd’s overall health status. A slaughter health check involves evaluating pigs at the slaughter plant for disease lesions including pneumonia,mainly due to Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (mycoplasma),liver scarring due to roundworm larval migration, atrophic rhinitis (AR) and mange. Evaluating pigs at slaughter enables assessment of disease levels in “normal” pigs, unlike necropsy examinations which focus on evaluating lesions in “sick” pigs.

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