Posted 12-04-2003 at 08:00:18
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...nobody. Fred's working days and sleeping nights, I'm working nights and sleeping days so it caught us thoroughly off guard when we went out to feed day before yesterday afternoon and found Tressy (one of the older gilts) wheezing and refusing to eat.
Bam. No other symtoms needed. When a pig won't eat they are usually seriously ill. Sure enough, sometime over the night while I stocked shelves and Fred slept, Tressy went on into the hereafter. We did what we could do. We gave her an antiobiotic, put her in the shed stall with lots of warm hay and still she went. In a matter of less than twenty four hours she went from being noticably sick, to being dead.
Having learned from that dramatic turn of events, we moved Tressy out and moved Hannah and Gracie into the shed stall, both wheezing, and kicked up the antibiotics. Lord help us. Fred went out early this morning and called me at work. Seven other sows are showing the same symptoms. Emily, Daphne, Bridget, Maree, Ida, Annie, and Katy. That's more than half our breeding stock. Nine sows down and one gone. Pneumonia appears to be in charge here at the farm and is taking no prisoners.
No sleep for me today, I will be filling syringes, administering LA200 for the pneumonia and Banamine for the fever and forcing water down nine sows. Thank God I don't have to work tonight. Think good thoughts for me if you would.