Delivering Pain Meds to Pigs Through Sow’s Milk
Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University have devised a novel means of delivering pain medication to pigs through the milk of the mother sow during nursing. It’s a proof-of-concept study that may help pork producers reduce the stress and pain experienced by pigs that have been castrated without the need to inject each individually with pain relief medication. Results of the year-long study indicate that pigs that receive the pain medication through the milk of a medicated sow experience less stress following castration and tail docking than piglets nursed on sows that didn’t receive the medication. Read more on NorthernAg's website.