In newborn piglets does drying versus no intervention reduce the risk of mortality pre-weaning?

  • Nicola Blackie Royal Veterinary College Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences Hawkshead Lane Hatfield Hertfordshire AL9 7TA United Kingdom



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PICO question

In newborn piglets, does drying piglets, compared to no intervention, reduce the level of mortality pre-weaning (up to 28 days)?

Clinical bottom line

Data specifically evaluating drying piglets are limited. Many papers had multiple factors evaluated or were assessments of management in general. There is evidence that drying piglets can reduce mortality and improve thermoregulation of piglets. The cost of such interventions has not been appraised and should be considered on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, currently when advising farmers it could be suggested that the drying of piglets may form part of a number of recommendations given to reduce piglet mortality pre-weaning.

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Author Biography

Nicola Blackie, Royal Veterinary College Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences Hawkshead Lane Hatfield Hertfordshire AL9 7TA United Kingdom

Lecturer in Production Animal Science.  I teach animal husbandary to Vet Students with a focus on evidence based best practice.


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Vol. 4 No. 4 (2019): The fourth issue of 2019

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