Iron Injections For Piglets

Piglets need to have iron given to them within the first five days of their life. This is particularly important if the piglets are indoors as mine are. We injected the 21 piglets on our farm when they were 2 days old. We injected them with gleptosil into their bottom. This is not an easy job to do as the piglets do not like to be held and wriggle. We have since found out that a good way of holding a piglet is by one leg, although it doesn’t sound nice the piglet doesn’t wriggle about and this means that the injection can be done more quickly and therefore is less stressful for the piglet. We only wish we had known this tip before we had injected all 21 piglets with the iron injection!