Why must I give baby pigs iron shots within the first 3-4 days of birth?

February 25, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF
Sows' milk does not contain enough iron for baby pigs. Iron must be given to pigs within their first 3 or 4 days to prevent anemia. Pigs can be supplied with iron by giving them clean sod (not from a hog lot), iron injections (iron dextran in the ham or heavy neck muscle), or iron compounds mixed with other minerals which pigs can eat.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.