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Manure Management, Odor and Diseases Control
Livestock producers are going through much criticism for creating pollution and diseases problems. In the mean time farmers having production problems (costly manure removal, energy consumption, medicine cost and most important barn is not save working place.) One of the long-standing and costly problems of handling manure has been the absence of simple, reliable, accurate and long-lasting system of manure collection and transportation out of the barn, Historically, several methods of manure handling were used in the industry assumed that manure would be held for some time in the barn. The Enterprise tendency to lager livestock production, with a concern for quality of food in efficient environment, requires a number of radical changes and development of new methods for proper and efficient manure management.
Management of the Nursery Pig
Management is the key element that brings together genetics, facilities, and nutrition to achieve maximal performance in nursery pigs (3 to 25 kg of body weight). The ultimate goals of a any commercial nursery program should be to (1) maximize performance, in terms of growth and feed efficiency, and at the same time, (2) to minimize losses due to mortality and morbidity.
Controlling the Cost of Pork Production
As things appear to go from bad to worse with the cash hog market dipping to as low as $17-20/cwt., many pork producers have begun evaluating their operations. Those who have not must decide to do so quickly or risk falling behind in the attempt to remain competitive in pork production into the 21st century.
Comparison of Growth and Immune Status of SEW and Non-SEW Pigs
Many swine producers have modified their operations to capture the advantages of segregated early weaning (SEW). Studies have shown that the improved growth performance of SEW pigs is primarily due to the fact that they are not continuously exposed to antigenic challenges existing in the sow herd (Wiseman, et al., 1994 and Schinckel, et al., 1995). However, it has not been feasible for all producers to wean and isolate their pigs from the sow herd at a very young age.
Minimizing Cost while Safely Composting Swine Mortality in Roofed and Unroofed Compost Systems
Proper disposal of carcasses occurring due to mortality in animal production is necessary for protection of the environment and prevention of the spread of disease organisms.
Effect of Sorting and Mixing Strategy on Pig Growth Performance
The production management practices conducted on a farm can have a huge impact on the overall productivity and profitability of the operation. Many of these management practices are continually being addressed such as nutrition, genetics, reproduction, herd health, biosecurity, and environment (temperature and manure nutrients).
Care of Pigs From Farrowing to Weaning
The most critical period in the life cycle of a pig is from birth to weaning. On the average, about two pigs per litter are lost during this period. Poor management is the major contributing factor, although the actual cause may be crushing, bleeding from the navel, anemia, starvation or disease. Weaning large litters of thrifty, heavyweight pigs is a key factor for a profitable swine herd. This publication attempts to outline management practices that help keep pigs alive and profits high.
Weaned Pig Management and Nutrition
For most Nebraska producers with adequate nursery facilities, weaning at 21 to 28 days of age appears to provide the best compromise between weaned pig performance and potential pigs per sow per year. Weaning at ages consistently younger than 21 days has not proven to increase pigs per sow per year in most herds and the problems in handling the weaned pig have proven taxing to even the most dedicated manager.
Management and Nutrition of the Bred Gilt and Sow
The most important economic trait in swine production is the number of pigs weaned per sow per year. It is essential that all breeding females conceive promptly, farrow large litters, and wean a high percentage of the pigs farrowed. While a fertile boar is properly used with optional sow management, approximately 95 percent of the normal ova production should be fertilized. Management for maximum reproductive performance involves correct breeding, nutrition, herd health, and environment.
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