Discussion created on 01/23/2015

Loss of appetite in pregnant sows

I have a sow in its second month of pregnancy who ate well the 60 first days, but now everything changes, and it doesn´t want to eat anything,and when it drinks water then it vomits with a yellow colour and with a strong smell. We gave it antibiotics to stop the pain but we had no luck. We are desesperated since 8 days has passed by in the same situation. What do you think?

Alejandro Vargas
Pig farmer
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ramil clavero ramil clavero
August 15, 2015

Loss appetite in sow. How to treat it?

November 27, 2018

My sow is pregnant 2 months and it refused to eat. What could be the cause? And how to overcome it?

February 24, 2019

My gilt is three weeks pregnant and doesn't want to eat. What could be the problem?

April 15, 2019
I have the same challenge
November 22, 2019

November 22, 2019
My pig refuses to eat after 2 month pregnancy
January 4, 2020

I have five sows, three of which are pregnant. One is eight weeks pregnant and the other two are four weeks pregnant. Just last three days ago, all the five sows went off feeding. Please, kindly help me solve this problem.

January 14, 2020

My pregnant pig has refused to eat ...what could be the cause? It is now 2 months pregnant.

Brian Vendelboe Brian Vendelboe
Pig farmer
January 15, 2020


Feeding structure and good stomach health in the sows

Structure in the sow feed is important for the sake of stomach health.

Lack of structure in the feed causes changes in the stomach and in the worst case, this can lead to deaths by the sows.

1. Feeding strategy against gastric ulcer
* gilts : Restrictive feeding produces fewer ulcers than ad libitum feeding with pelleted feed
* Pregnant sows: Minimum two daily feeding
2. What is seen in the stable
* Some sows loosing weight over short time
* Some sows can be very white
* sows stop eating and or vomiting when giving feed
* Black tuberous manure
* Sudden deaths
* Increases the frequency of one or more of the above

What actions need to be done

Change the feed formulation
Change the feed strategy
Change the management

January 21, 2020
I think am satisfied with the answer provided mine exhibited same symptoms mentioned here but i thank God its back to normal
March 30, 2020

My sow is 3 months and 5 days pregnant. She has suddenly stopped eating for 2 days. What could be the cause and what should I do?

April 1, 2020
Does the sow have a fever? Is the sow constipated or is she still having normal stools? If she eats within the next 12 hours there may be no problem. Often lack of intake in gestation is symptomatic that the sow may be aborting the litter. Hopefully she will eat again soon and the litter will be ok. Is the sow drinking water?
May 28, 2020
Tomi Olatunde Tomi Olatunde
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
April 2, 2020
Gestation sows ...not wanting to eat sometime especially just before farrow can be seen time in time. apart from the aforementioned, also try to engage her activity...like working her around the pen.
May 28, 2020
Tomi Olatunde MANY THANKS
Trevor T Tekedza Trevor T Tekedza
MSc in Animal Science
April 6, 2020
You can give multivit to improve appetite. Also monitor other symptoms
May 28, 2020
Trevor T Tekedza MANY THANKS
April 14, 2020

No reasons why not eating if not gut torsion or vomitoxin. In case of gut torsion you can see swelling and death inm short time (don't think is the case), toxins as DON are able to cause these symptoms.

April 18, 2020

Our sow is
92days pregnant, and she just suddenly stopped eating, we've disinfected her place, still no change, we just lost two of her siblings to this same signs...

May 22, 2020
Our sow is 100 days pregnant, and for almost one week now, she lost appetite. Wbat could be the problem?
June 3, 2020
The sow is 3 weeks pregnant and it has stopped eating for 3days now
June 21, 2020

My pregnant sow refuses to eat for the past one week. What can I do now?

July 4, 2020
Yes my sow is one month pregnant today shr just lying down not eating
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