Preventing New Barn Syndrome

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Historically, veterinarians have described New Barn Syndrome as affecting the sows, growers, and finishers.

Sows: Hip, ankle, and hoof problems. The noted cause of these problems is the caustic nature of new concrete, causing a skin reaction on the bottom of the foot pads.

Small cracks in the pad occur allowing bacteria to enter into the animal’s body causing joint infection in the knees, ankles and hips.

With this lameness, producers suffer losses in terms of increased sow culling rate, breeding problems, and other management difficulties.

Growing and Finishing Hogs:

New Barn Syndrome has been reported to also cause tail biting, and ear biting in growing and finishing hogs. Producers suffer losses from New Barn Syndrome in the growing and finishing stages due to increased culling of animals because of tail biting, ear biting and lameness.

Experts are not sure why the chemicals in the new concrete may cause ear biting and tail biting in growing pigs. The lameness in growing pigs is caused by the same reason mentioned earlier with the sows.

Existing gestation barns can be washed and sealed with SEAL-IT Concrete Sealant to help prevent bacteria buildup in the pores of the concrete thus preventing lameness problems.

SEAL-IT Concrete Sealant seals off this caustic chemical from contact with the footpad skin, which gives protection against lameness.

New Barn Syndrome is a situation you don’t want to take any chances with. Contact the SEAL-IT team of experts who can assess you