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The Pig Signals Series

Jan Hulsen

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Author(s): Jan Hulsen

About The Book

The Pig Signals series presents practical knowledge about pig farming in an accessible fashion.

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.

Additional Information

Author Jan Hulsen
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown (W x H x D)
Extent Unknown
ISBN Unknown6
Publication date 2006
Book Type Softcover

Contents

Pig Signals

Introduction

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

Index

Sows

Introduction

1. The sow in action

  • Looking back and looking forward
  • The pig farmer
  • Using indicators for better breeding
  • Keeping the farm healthy
  • Multiple week systems
  • Group housing is the future
  • Which type of group housing?

2. Farrowing, sucking and suckling

  • A clean, dry pen
  • Monitoring during farrowing
  • Intervening during birth
  • Stillborn or died after birth?
  • Condition
  • Water and feed
  • Selection and culling
  • Euthanasia
  • Weaning

3. On to the next litter

  • The heat cycle
  • Into full heat quickly
  • Heat in the farrowing unit
  • Ten ingredients for an ideal service unit
  • Signals from the sow
  • Signals from the boar
  • You really can't imitate a boar!
  • When to inseminate?
  • How to inseminate?

4. The gestating sow?

  • Gestating or not?
  • Return to service or small litter
  • Embryo survival
  • Analysis of repeat inseminations
  • Fertility and infections
  • Heat stress
  • Autumn dip
  • Sow mortality
  • The best breeders are the best feeders
  • Satiety after feeding

5. Gilts, your farm's future

  • Buy in or breed yourself?
  • Selection to perfection
  • Selection chart
  • Arrivals
  • Feed your gilts well
  • Inducing oestrus and inseminating
  • From 25 to 30 piglets
  • Checklist to prevent introduction and transmission of diseases

Index

Finishing pigs

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

Piglets

Introduction

1. The glimmer of daylight

  • Uniformity determined at service
  • Finding the ideal farrowing pen
  • The farrowing pen of the future
  • Clean conditions
  • 3 months, 3 weeks and 3, 4 or 5 days?
  • Alive and kicking
  • Off to a flying start
  • Defects and abnormalities
  • Genetically different

2. The first few days

  • Getting straight to the teat
  • Importance of colostrum
  • Never enough antibodies
  • Keeping milk production levels up
  • Too many piglets
  • Russian roulette
  • Too hot, too cold?
  • The piglet will tell you.
  • Treatments and handling
  • Hygiene matters

3. Towards the optimal weaning weight

  • The suckling process
  • Limits on growth
  • Early lessons last a lifetime
  • Supplementary feeding
  • Diarrhoea in the farrowing room
  • Contrary effect of antibiotics
  • Spread of diseases from pen to pen
  • Streptococci
  • Living and learning
  • Inspecting piglets is an art

4. On their own four feet

  • Ready for weaning?
  • Convenience for man and animal
  • Sorting affects growth
  • Room temperature
  • Intestinal villi and feeding
  • Eating after weaning
  • From teat to feeder
  • Liquid feeding increases intakes
  • Inspection and care
  • Teaching hunger strikers to eat

5. Gaining lots of weight

  • A five-star hotel for top piglets
  • Thin bellies and tasty food?!
  • The right choice for piglet and farmer
  • Pamper the piglets a bit
  • Water, essential to life
  • Good disease resistance is a plus
  • Thorough inspection takes time
  • Streptococci hard to spot
  • Undesirable and abnormal behaviour
  • The finishing touch

Index

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