The basic stockmandship guide
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The basic stockmandship guide

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This guide is presented as a series of advice sheets, some of which can be used around the farm, that provide rapid information in a format easily understood by every member of the farm team. There are sheets to aid the stockmanship as well as the checking and auditing of biosecurity standards that are considered as the foundation stone of health on a pig farm. Other important aspects such as medicine, feeding, water, temperature, ventilation and flooring issues are explained in a very didactic manner.

Dr. John Carr

John started learning the ropes about pigs at the age of 11. He qualified as a veterinarian in 1982 by the University of Liverpool. After 5 years in general practice he returned to university to complete a Leverhulme residency in pigs and a PhD in urinary tract problems of pigs at Liverpool, where he specialized in microbiology and pathology.

He has taught production medicine to veterinarians and farmers throughout the world through positions at several universities in the UK -Liverpool and Royal Veterinary College, London, and in the US -North Carolina and Iowa State- and in Western Australia at Murdoch. John runs a consultancy practice with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. John specialises in maintaining the health of pigs through promoting excellence in stockmanship and production practices while controlling the cost of production. He has published several books and more than 200 refereed and non refereed articles.

1. General

Pigs, hogs and swine -The basics

Stockmanship - The basics

Breeds of pigs - Introduction

Guide to flow expectations

Guide to cost per kg breakdown

Pig farm targets per 100 sows

Targets - Profit based approach

Farm costs

Conversion tables

Haematology, biochemistry, temperature, urine and semen

Areas and volumes

Descriptions of directions around a pig

How many animals do we need to test?

2. Biosecurity

Threats to a pig unit

Biosecurity examination

Movement of pathogens between farms

Pressure washing

High health unit security

Unit security

Gilt and boar introduction

Loss of maternal antibody protection

3. Medicine

Medicine control and storage

Antimicrobial use in pigs

Vaccines in pigs

Needle use

Disposal of expired medicines, syringes and needles

Injectable dose rates

Feed residue avoidance and storage hygiene

4. Feeding issues

Checklist for feeding pigs

Major pig dietary components

Guide to nutrient requirements

Growth rates

Daily feed intakes

Farrowing house, feeding regime

Stotfold lactation feed scale

Enhancing lactation feed intake

Dry/gestating sow feeding regimes

The condition score

Weight estimation

Pig’s body dimensions

Feeding space allowance

Feed usage guide

Feeder management

Age of soiled feed

5. Water issues

Checklist for water issues

Water cleaning and maintenance

Water use and slurry production

Water quality guide

6. Air, temperature and ventilation issues

Ventilation maintenance routines

Lying patterns

Ambient air - temperature requirements

Thermal control

Effect of wind direction on air movement within an ACNV house


Air pollutants

Cooling systems for pigs

7. Flooring issues

Checklist for the floor

Stocking densities

Farrowing crate sizes

Slats, steps and gates

  • Autor/es John Carr
  • Fecha de edición diciembre 2012
  • Nº Páginas 112
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura. Wire-o
  • Tamaño 11 X 20
  • Idioma Inglés

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