Drying and disinfection will help the little pig.

January 11, 2018 1:09 pm

A newborn pig is challenged in many different ways. It must stay warm, find food and fight off bacteria. These factors are also the reason why a piglet may not survive or the reason that it gets off to a bad start.

Written by Hans Aae, Professional Manager at DLG.

– Translation by Lasse Jakobsen

Stalosan F. dries the pig and reduces harmful pathogens, and for this reason, its use around farrowing is worth a thought.

The skin as a barrier.

Stalosan has a pH level of around 4, which is equal to the skin’s pH level. This means that if you choose to use Stalosan for drying, you won’t damage the skin in contrast to when drying using a product with a high pH. When the pH level is too high, it damages the skin and the risk of disrupting the natural “barrier” of the skin is increased.

Why run the risk?

The process of drying means that the pigs do not need to use their energy on staying warm. Instead, they can use all the energy gathered from the colostrum, to grow. This makes a lot of sense, especially for the smallest pigs.

All or nothing – or a strategic choice.

Resource-wise, it can be difficult for farrowing barn coworkers to dry all the newborn piglets using Stalosan.

When there are 50 farrowing, this quickly equals 1000 pigs. If you choose to focus on the smallest, which are at the greatest risk, then this is possibly 200 pigs. This situation might make more sense and is possibly a more doable task.

If you place a bucket with Stalosan at every farrowing crate it is easy to “dry” some pigs as you pass by. It’s all a matter of routine. Just like you turn on the heat lamp, the Stalosan bucket needs to be ready at every crate. In addition, whenever there’s any diarrhea or wet spots present, then any leftover Stalosan can be used to suppress the spread of diseases.

Practical results.

We have tested Stalosan F. for drying pigs at our Vilofoss Research Farm in France. Stalosan was compared to a competing product and with pigs that had no intervention. The results show that Stalosan noticeably reduces mortality rates in the farrowing barn when compared to competing products and no intervention.

The effect is both due to either fewer cold pigs or less disease pressure. But whichever the scenario, there were more weaned pigs – which is, of course, the most important factor.