Pig top tip

Pig farmers have been advised by a top veterinary consultant to give their sows an annual worm check to avoid infestations.

The tip comes from Paul Thompson, vet consultant to pig breeding company ACMC Ltd.

“For pig herds, using Vetscore - monitoring the presence or absence of ‘milk-spot’ livers - gives very useful information as to the prevalence of ascarid worms on the farm. However, it does not give any information as to the status of the sows.”

Therefore he has recommended that faecal samples are screened at least annually for worm eggs to give an indication as to the level of any infestations and the efficacy of the worming programme.