Pig Progress launches Health Tool

11-01-2017 | | |

As from this week, no single health problem in a pig farm has to stay a mystery. Pig Progress has launched its Health Tool, a detailed and interactive compendium summarising 126 pig diseases and disorders.

The Health Tool was compiled by Prof David Taylor, PhD, associated with Glasgow University, United Kingdom. For all diseases and disorders, the information is the latest insights in pig veterinary science.

Pig health sections

The Health Tool has been subdivided in 5 easy-to-access sections, being:

Skin & Skeleton

Nervous System

Reproductive System

Respiratory System

Digestive System

Of course, if certain health problems affect several zones of a pig’s health, the disease can be found back in more than one section. In cases where pig diseases are known differently in some parts of the world, then alternative names are included in the list.

Each disease or disorder is built up according to the same principles. After a short summary, for each problem the following chapters are included:


What is the underlying cause of a pig health problem?

Mode of transmission

If applicable, how does a particular pig health problem spread itself to eventually end up with a pig?

Clinical signs

For vets this is an easy-to-access chapter to review main signs of a certain problem. For pig farmers it is an aid to recognise that moment that it’s time to call for veterinary assistance. This chapter lists what will happen to pigs when a certain disease or disorder occurs.

Post-mortem lesions

Especially interesting for veterinarians and laboratory professionals: how to recognise the cause of a certain pathogen or problem when an animal has died and is being examined?

Treatment & prevention

An important chapter, both for veterinarians as well as for pig producers. Here both strategies are listed as well as methods to avoid the occurrence of certain problems. With antibiotics being reduced in many countries around the world, it definitely pays to prevent problems rather than having to solve them.

Last but not least – the Health Tool was not designed to replace veterinarians. So should pig producers come across a problem, they should not hesitate to make that call. At Pig Progress we hope the Health Tool helps so that the call is made sooner.

ter Beek
Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world