Preventing and Diagnosing Farrowing house scours
Sow farms that struggle with scours soon after pigs are born will generally have higher pre-wean mortality, increased treatment costs and on average will wean lighter pigs compared to farms that keep scours under control.
Third-Party Audit Preparation
In order to help foster consumer confidence in the health and safety of pork products, several large-scale packing companies recently have developed company-specific accreditation programs to ensure minimum standards of animal care and welfare from their pork suppliers. Originally focusing on sow farms, these programs are now beginning to extend into grow-finish operations. Examples of these include the Hormel FACTS program and the Tyson PIG training model. Many of these programs go beyond normal PQA Plus accreditation. Compliance with the new regulations is monitored by 3rd party auditors who are sent to a site either by random selection or when a producer volunteers.
Preventing and Diagnosing Farrowing house Scours Checklist