Holly in North Home Field
This is the face of a farmer, satisfied after herding sixty sows and piglets to new pastures across Sugar Mountain. Some people complain that farming is hard or dangerous work. But the views and company more than make up for it.
Outdoors: 83°F/65°F Partially Sunny, Mostly Cloudy, 2″ Rain
Tiny Cottage: 73°F/66°F
Daily Spark: Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick
Hi Walter, farming is not only a job, its a chosen lifestyle, its in your blood.
Anyway I have a question. If you have to inject a sick pig, lets say 65kg/110 pound one, how do you do it out in the field?
I’m not sure I understand the question. What are you injecting? If the pig needs care then I would suggest moving it to a hospital pen or paddock where you can observe it easily and give it extra attention.
Yes, if they need care and you have to inject the animal with a needle. How do you keep the animal still to deliver the injection. I dont give medicine unless there is no other way.
If they need special care then segregate them out to a special place such as small paddock or pen.
When giving injections such as vaccines and such:
• For small pigs one person can hold the pig while another does the injection or with some pigs and experience one person can do both.
• For big pigs if they are very calm you can simply give them the injection but if they are not calm enough then you should build a squeeze chute to hold them.
A fine needle can be less painful and thus easier to use. Pressing the injection spot with your hand just before injecting can help. Touching the animal elsewhere at the moment of injection can help. Being very fast can help – An injector gun makes this easy and is worth the cost for giving vaccinations to large numbers of animals.