Vaccination Cradle

Ben with Vaccination Cradle

I’m a strong proponent of vaccinations. I get vaccinated, my kids get vaccinated, my dogs get vaccinated and my livestock get vaccinated Vaccines are powerful preventative medicine. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Frankly, I think the exchange rate is far better than that. More like a gram to a metric ton. e.g., a million to one benefit ratio.

When we wean piglets we give them a round of vaccinations. This is an ideal time because I’m handling them to inspect them. At this time I also am tracking them to roaster pigs, feeder pigs, select pigs and prime pigs who I may consider for breeders.

This used to be a three person job but Ben recently made a handy cradle. I have seen this sort of cradle in photographs of large scale operations. Nice metal units. But the problem with those is that they’re designed to handle only a limited range of pig sizes. This works for a confinement operation with only one set of genetics and a clockwork operation that weans at 14 or 21 days. But we have seven different genetic lines with varying growth rates, we don’t castrate (intact males, e.g., boars, grow faster) and we wean in cohorts at about six weeks of age that span a +/-2 weeks. The result is pigs that vary considerably in size within the same group. Ben’s cradle is designed to handle weaner piglets that vary from 15 to 50 lbs. This makes it so that just the two of us can inspect, track and vaccinate a hundred weaners in about two hours.

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8 Responses to Vaccination Cradle

  1. Farmerbob1 says:

    Heh, I bet things get loud when you’re sorting and vaccinating. The piglet in the cradle appears to be upside down. I can’t imagine it appreciates that.

  2. Dan Moore says:


    Is the cradle as simple as it looks? I plastic barrel bent in slightly and the pig on its back in the bottom? We also struggle with handling our pigs when we have to work them. This could be a good option for us but I want to make sure I’m understanding it correctly. The slick barrel will keep them from getting traction to wiggle around and they would self center in the bottom of the bend so it sure seems as simple as it looks. Am I right?

  3. aminthepm says:

    What are the pigs vaccinated for and nice vaccination cradle for your operation.

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