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Finishing Pigs A Practical Guide to Growth, Health and Behaviour

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Finishing Pigs A Practical Guide to Growth, Health and Behaviour

Kees Scheepens & Mark Roozen

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Finishing Pigs shows that what you think is 'normal' does not always have to be normal. After reading this book, you will be more alert and you will respond better to signals. And you will return to the barn with renewed energy!

About The Book

Finishing Pigs shows that what you think is 'normal' does not always have to be normal. Some managers accept having a few pigs with diarrhoea, while others do not. What are your target values?

Finishing Pigs is full of practical tips.  It is clearly written and illustrated with informative photographs and beautiful drawings. After reading this book, you will be more alert and you will respond better to signals. And you will return to the barn with renewed energy!

For the pork producer, the top priorities are growth and feed conversion. But managing a finishing pig operation requires more than just providing good feed. Raising healthy, peaceful pigs is at least as important, and the livestock manager can also have a great deal of control over these aspects. His aim is not simply to 'keep' finishing pigs, but to get them to the proper weight as quickly and efficiently as possible. This means constant monitoring and control: find rough areas in the operation and smooth them out before they turn into problems.

Achieving good results starts before setting in the piglets. This means making deliberate choices beforehand: select a type of pig that is compatible with you and your farm, choose between liquid feed or dry feed and outline a veterinary health strategy.

The key to success is alert observation during your inspection rounds. Is the daily gain too slow? Do you see an arched back or tear staining on the snout? Are the pigs agitated? These signals can indicate problems. Do not limit your observations to the pigs. The building and the feed also provide signals. Do you feel a draught? Does the feed smell good?

Additional Information

Author Kees Scheepens & Mark Roozen
Availability In Print
Dimensions 20.4 x 26.5cm
Extent 48pp
ISBN 978-90-87400-13-2
Publication date 2005
Book Type Softcover

Contents

Introduction

1. Good preparation

  • The difference
  • Farmer and finisher must be a good match
  • Choose your pig deliberately Know yourself
  • Always room for improvement
  • Biosecurity: common sense
  • Preparing the unit
  • The day of arrival
  • Time to eat
  • Dry feed
  • Liquid feed
  • Water
  • Reduced water intake
  • Can you do something about it?
  • Who's the boss?

2. Growing properly?

  • Rumbling in the belly
  • Keep on eating
  • Sick - dangerously sick - dead
  • No energy to grow
  • The lungs: oxygen for growth
  • The intestines: gateway to the body
  • But that's not all...
  • Giving medication
  • The hospital pen
  • Pain
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Touching
  • Alert stockman, healthy pigs
  • Work calm, work smart

3. The finish

  • Almost at the finish
  • Large temperature fluctuations
  • Cold
  • Climate control
  • Heat stress
  • Ventilation systems
  • Growth: lean and fat
  • To go or not to go?
  • Leaving the farm
  • The trip to the abattoir
  • At the abattoir
  • Checklist for buying piglets
  • Decision tree for medication
  • Identifying respiratory infections

Index

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