Sow mortality, specifically as the result of pelvic organ prolapses, has significantly increased in recent years in the U.S. swine industry. This recent increase in prolapses has been reported across different regions, frustrating producers and veterinarians alike primarily due to lack of mitigation strategies, or even the ability to execute mitigation-based research projects. In 2018, the Iowa Pork Industry Center received funding from National Pork Board to lead an industry-wide effort in identifying specific areas that may be contributing to the increasing incidence of prolapses.
The full report from the initial Pelvic Organ Prolapse study is available here.
Video #4: Perineal score and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Video #3: Water and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Video #2: Body condition and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Video #1: Pelvic Organ Prolapse project - Overview
In order to determine rates of pelvic organ prolapse and develop solutions, pelvic organ prolapses need to be properly identified and recorded on-farm. This video will help pig caretakers identify and document prolapses. If you would like access to this video and accompanying fact sheet, please fill out this form.
Check out this webinar about the Pelvic Organ Prolapse project given by Dr. Jason Ross for the National Pork Board Animal Science Research Webinar Series, August 2018.
By Amanda Chipman, Chris Rademacher, Daniel Linhares, Gustavo Silva, and Jason W. Ross, Iowa State University Iowa Pork Industry Center.
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Select photos provided by courtesy of National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff. Des Moines, IA USA.
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