Pork production: On piglets and hygiene

Question: How important is hygiene for piglet health? Good hygiene is extremely important in pork production. Many piglets die in the first week of life because of germs they get from their mother. There are certainly some simple things you can do to protect piglets. Most of the infections they…

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Pork production: Do pigs become infertile in summer?

Question: My friend and I are both newcomers to pig farming. My friend heard that pigs often become infertile in summer – is this true? Pigs don’t really become infertile in summer, but if the weather is very hot they may not breed as well as they do in cooler…

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Pig co-op hedges market risks

Thirteen pig farmers from the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa have successfully shaken off the stranglehold of rising costs and a stagnating income for the last 13 years by marketing their produce jointly and reducing their risks. Even although South African pig farmers have been able to improve their productivity…

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Pork production: Transmission of diseases between pigs and other animal stock

Question: Do pigs get diseases that can be transmitted to other livestock, such as sheep and goats? The majority of pig diseases affect only pigs, and can’t be transmitted to other livestock. Even with diseases that occur in many species – sarcoptic mange or colibacillosis (E coli) for instance –…

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