Pork production: Managing the breeding herd

Good management is crucial for any pork producer who wants to farm profitably. The ultimate goal of a breeding herd is to produce as many weaned pigs per breeding female as possible - per year and over her lifetime on the farm. Dr Peter Evans, a veterinarian, says this should…

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Pork production: How to choose a breed and select sows

The success of a pig production business depends on selecting the correct breed. Simon Streicher, former CEO of the South African Pork Producers Association, tells us what to look out for. Producers starting out with a new pork production unit have to buy breeding stock. And this has to be…

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Pork production: Feeding your pigs for the best results

Without correct feeding, a farmer won’t be able to run a profitable pig production business.  To raise healthy pigs, farmers must ensure that their animals receive a nutritious, well-balanced diet at every stage of production. SUITABLE RATIONS Nutrition is a fairly specialised branch of pig production. Farmers are encouraged farmers…

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