Healthcare Protocol for Pigs
Pigs are hardy animals and unlikely to get sick if provided with a dry shelter, plenty of bedding, fresh air and nutritious feed. However, it is wise to vaccinate the outdoor pig for diseases that can be spread by wild animals or cause reproductive problems, and new mamas and babies can use a little extra support. This is the healthcare routine Alice followed at Treble Ridge Farm:
5 weeks pre-farrowing: Vaccinate sows for Streptococcus.
2 weeks pre-farrowing: Sows get Streptococcus booster.
Week of farrowing: Provide copious dry bedding.
Day of farrowing to 3 days post-farrowing: Restrict feed to gestation levels to prevent MMA (mastitis/metritis/agalactia syndrome). Add 1 cup of Crystal Pellets per day to reduce in ammation and for lactation support.
3 days to weaning: Gradually increase sow’s ration to maintain good body condition. Add 1 cup of organic vegetable oil daily for extra energy.
3 days to 3 weeks: Provide chunks of turf to winter-born piglets in the winter to prevent iron-deficiency anemia. Not necessary for piglets on pasture.
7 days: Vaccinate piglets for Erysipelas and Leptospirosis. Castrate male piglets.
3 weeks: Vaccinate piglets for Circovirus and Streptococcus.
6 weeks: Weaning day! Booster shots for Erisypelas, Leptospirosis and Streptococcus.
6 weeks to 10 weeks: Add Paladin Spike to the feed at 2# per ton of starter ration (or 1/2?1 tsp per pig per day).
Read all about it in Alice’s book, Happy Pigs Taste Better.
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OMRI: Organic Materials Review Institute. Most state certifying agencies, including MOFGA, accept OMRI approval.
MOFGA: Reviewed and approved by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Certification Services. Allowed for use on MOFGA-certified farms. Check with your certifier.
WSDA: Listed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certification division for use in organic agriculture in Washington State. MOFGA has indicated that they will accept products on this list for their certification program. Check with your certifier.
Nat’l List: One-ingredient products on the NOP* List of Allowed Substances (subpart G of the Organic Foods Production Act, sections 205.601-606). Check with your certifier.
AYC: Ask your certifier. Has not been reviewed by a certifier, but the active ingredient is allowed. Ask your certifier.
Not Allowed: A few of the products we list are not allowed for organic production but we think they have a place in sensible agriculture and can be used when certification is not an issue.
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