Modern Pig Production Technology - A practical guide to profit (eBook)
John Gadd (2011)
This is the third textbook from this award-winning and internationally-recognised pig consultant. Having already covered 'Pig production Problems' and their solutions followed by 'What the Textbooks don't tell You', this new book goes further in providing practical, easy-to-understand advice on all the important management techniques used by the most successful pig producers today. It also describes and analyses likely future developments and how they might fit in to the economic scene.
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Creep Feeding Science – the latest: A major review of this now essential practice • Getting Bigger Litters: The many skills described • Bigger Litters and Good Birthweights: How to achieve both • Avoiding Post-weaning Problems: Ensuring a fast getaway • Immunity – The Producers 'Achilles Heel': All you need to know about this vital subject • Stress: Another major survey clearly described • The gilt: The most important animal in your herd. Latest guidance on getting the most out of the new genetics she now has • Biosecurity: What is true biosecurity and what does it cost? • Mycotoxins: The very latest information, including the costs and paybacks from full protection • The New Terminology: Measurements and benchmarks are changing . Why? New profit-orientated terms which must be better • Managing People: A critical look at you and your staff • Partnerships: The pros and cons from those with experience of them • Computer records: Seem to have plateau-ed. Why? Where to go next • Contracts: How to select and maintain the best deal • Growth Rate: A vital subject, especially now housing overheads are so high • Food Conversion: A new assessment of an all-too- familiar subject • Mixing Pigs: Mixing with the minimum of tears • Stocking Density: A universal problem • Computerised Wet Feeding: A major review of this rapidly-burgeoning technology • Batch Farrowing: How to change over and manage it effectively • Parity segregation: Is this for you? This new idea explained • Seasonal Infertility: Just will not go away. Prevention, and dealing with it successfully • Hot Weather: How the 'hot/wet' and 'hot/dry' experts cope with it • Dirty Pens: Prevention – what the pigs are telling you • Tailbiting and other vices: Pig misbehaviour explained • Further Reading • Glossary of 450 Pig Terms • Detailed Index