GUIDELINES FOR UNIFORM SWINE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

APPENDIX C: SEGREGATED EARLY WEANING

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has successfully conducted a segregated early weaning (SEW) program for pigs weaned at ages ranging from 8 to 20 days (average 16 days). Pigs averaged 11 pounds and were accepted in a range from 5 to 20 pounds. The SEW program required no extra health procedures for either sows or pigs on the farm of origin.

Upon arrival at SEW nurseries, all pigs were processed as follows:

Day 1 1. Pig ID established and eartag put in right ear.
2. Pig weight and sex recorded.
3. Ivomec® administered at label dose.
4. Naxcel® administered at label dose.
5. Pig assigned to nursery pen.
6. Fresh water and feed made available in nursery.
Day 2 7. Naxcel® administered at label dose.
8. Denagard® added to water at 180 ppm.
Day 3 9. Denagard® in water at 90 ppm.
Days 4 - 7 10. Denagard® in water at 45 ppm.
Day 8 14. Fresh water.
End 15. Pigs weighed.

Specific health situations are treated, as deemed necessary, by an attending veterinarian. The nursery diets may contain medication such as Mecadox®.