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Pig Signals Look, Think and Act

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Pig Signals Look, Think and Act

Jan Hulsen & Kees Scheepens

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Author(s): Jan Hulsen & Kees Scheepens

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Pigs are constantly giving out signals about their health, well-being, and performance. The art is to perceive these signals and to use them to monitor and improve the nutrition, care and housing of your animals.

Veterinary surgeons and pig enthusiasts Jan Hulsen and Kees Scheepens wrote Pig Signals based on their expertise and extensive experience with farmers and their pigs. They created this richly-illustrated book as an ideal practical guide and essential reference book. It is important not to jump to conclusions, but to keep asking yourself three questions: What do I see? Why has this happened? What does this mean?

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Author Jan Hulsen & Kees Scheepens
Availability In Print
Dimensions 20.4 x 26.5cm
Extent 96pp
ISBN 978-90-75280-77-7
Publication date 2006
Book Type Softcover



1. See more by seeing better

  • Looking deliberately
  • Focused and open-minded
  • Quality assurance
  • Think like a pig
  • Observing and thinking
  • Pressure of infection and resistance
  • The Pig Signals Diamond
  • Risks
  • Healthy or sick?
  • Step-by-step plan for clinical examination
  • Anatomy

2. Pregnant sows and gilts

  • Purpose of the farrowing house
  • Animals that need attention and indicator animals
  • Feed pigs with your eyes
  • Activity peaks
  • The environment
  • Health
  • Inspections

3. In the farrowing house

  • Aggression
  • Be prepared
  • The first day
  • Evaluating feed intake
  • Signals of sufficient milk
  • Signals of insufficient milk
  • The process
  • The right environment
  • Disease-free, a good beginning
  • Preparation for weaning
  • Culling of sows
  • Diseases
  • Piglets with diarrhoea
  • Ten points for inspection in sows in the farrowing pen
  • Points for inspection in piglets

4. Becoming pregnant

  • Reproductive organs
  • Lots of healthy piglets
  • Determining condition
  • When to inseminate?
  • Stimulation by the boar
  • Fertilisation
  • Pregnant or not?
  • Other conditions
  • Risk group: gilts

5. Weaned piglets

  • Drastic changes
  • The first day
  • Feed intake
  • Feed and water
  • Peace & quiet
  • Space
  • Inspecting piglets
  • Animal inspection
  • Diseases
  • Diarrhoea
  • Test your knowledge of diseases.
  • Respiratory disorders

6. Finishing pigs

  • Process management
  • Everything in its place
  • Rest, redirected behaviour and aggression
  • Prevention of redirected behaviour
  • Satiation
  • Warm-cold behaviour
  • Sick pigs require early and effective treatment Respond effectively

7. Handling and treating pigs

  • Handling pigs
  • Looking around
  • Moving pigs
  • Standard Working Method
  • Standard Working Method example 1: tail docking
  • Standard Working Method example 2: Intra-muscular injections
  • Standard Working Method example 3: castration using anaesthetic


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