Pork production: Approach disease prevention holistically

It’s more than just vaccination and administering antibiotics. Farmers need to adopt a holistic approach to keep pigs disease-free. ‘It’s not enough to simply administer antibiotics or use vaccines when a pig herd gets a disease, because it will not address the underlying causes,” says Dr. Peter Evans, a veterinarian…

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Pork production: Getting the basics right

The basics need to be in place before you set up a piggery. But what exactly are the basics, and which production system is most suitable? All piggery sites must have a good water supply, says Dr. Peter Evans, a veterinarian and animal production consultant to the South African Pork…

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Pork production: Alternatives to commercial feed rations for your pigs

Question: I want to feed my pigs well so they can grow and be healthy, but commercial rations are very expensive, and I can’t always afford them. Are there any alternatives? Pigs grow best on commercial rations which have been designed to supply the balanced diet they need. But if…

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Pork production: Useful guidelines for pig farming

Commonly asked questions about pig farming are answered here by an expert. The pigs used by farmers today have descended from the wild pig (Sus scrofa). The gestation period of the sow is about 116 days (3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days) and a litter usually consists of 8…

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