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Predation

152. Foxes will take piglets up to a relatively large size and disturbance of the sows can also lead to increased piglet mortality. As a result, some producers have found it necessary to erect an electrified boundary fence to deter attacks. Members of the crow family (crows, rooks and magpies) can also attack young piglets.

153. Plastic flaps over hut entrances (see paragraph 53) may help reduce mortality due to predation and it may also be necessary to introduce a pest control programme.