7 Things to Consider when Starting up a Piggery Project

7 Things to Consider when Starting up a Piggery Project

Today, let us discuss about the 7 things you need to consider when starting up a piggery project and they include but not limited to the following: 1. Capital The amount of money required to set up the piggery project is dependent on the unit size one intends to operate. In pig production capital is needed to construct the sties and to buy equipment and breeding stock. Working capital is also needed to pay for feed, drugs and labor for the first year of operation. For a breeding/feeding unit, cash…

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PROPER WAYS OF FEEDING PIGS

PROPER WAYS OF FEEDING PIGS

Today we are going to look at the proper ways of feeding your pigs. Dry sows and gilts should be fed 2.5kg a day of sow and weaner meal before they are mated. Those being prepared for mating should be given an extra kilo per day one week before mating and one week after service. This helps in ensuring maximum fertility. Lactating sows should get 2.5kg of sow and weaner meal for maintenance and 0.25kg a day extra for each piglet being suckled. Boars should get 2kg a day of…

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THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FARMING PIGS

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FARMING PIGS

Establishing and running a profitable pig enterprise is an art and science. This makes it a huge subject that every farmer looking at producing pigs as a business must remain a student. Interestingly the science is very basic and easy to understand. The science is that under normal external (Feed, hygiene, temperature etc) and internal (Health etc) circumstances, weight gain is genetically determined: It is obviously of no importance continuing to keep a pig that is either not growing or growing very slowly yet surviving on your scarce resources. The…

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Piglets Management

The first few hours of the life of a piglet are very important. What you do to the piglet in those hours will determine it’s survival. – provide a warm housing for piglets (obviously namuimona imbaula pa conner) – Keep the creep box clean and provide heating. Temperatures of about 20 degrees + (keeping them warm and clean, prevents the stubborn diseases that eliminates them: pneumonia and diarrhea. – Make sure piglets have access to colostrum (the first milk) which provides them with the required immune system. – cut the…

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Inbreeding and it’s Effect in Pig Farming

Inbreeding and it's Effect in Pig Farming

Farmers today let’s share about inbreeding, one of the commonest vices in pig farming. Meaning of Inbreeding: This is the mating animals of the same breed that are closely related. This usually happens to farmers when starting up farms , they have tendencies of buying pigs in pairs not putting it in mind if this pair could be closely related. The other farmers tend to chose good looking males from a given given furrow and push it to becoming the king of the farm and this bore ends up mating…

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Live-pig markets, traders could provide insight to controlling African swine fever

Source: University of California – Davis Summary: Understanding how live pigs are traded between villages and backyard farmers can help health agencies better understand how devastating swine diseases spread, according to a study.   FULL STORY              Understanding how live pigs are traded between villages and backyard farmers can help health agencies better understand how devastating swine diseases spread, according to a study published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.               Researchers at the University of California, Davis’ Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance and the United Nation’s Food…

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NEONATAL PIG DIARRHOEA – Introduction, Clinical Signs, Prevention/Treatment

Diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in neonatal pigs. Diarrhoeal disease in neonates is often sudden in onset and causes a rapid decline in clinical condition as the pig becomes dehydrated and develops systemic infections. Thus prevention, early identification and immediate initiation of supportive care and treatment in neonatal diarrhoea cases are critical. Hence, the understanding of the basic aspects of neonatal diarrhoea in pigs which include clinical signs, pathogenesis, diagnosis and control strategies would be highly advantageous for every pig farm owners and associates.…

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Methods to use in Cross-Breeding Animals

There are generally two methods of cross-breeding as is seen in mating. You can do natural mating or artificial insemination. Under natural mating, you introduce the male you want to use to the female on heat and allow them mate each other. For artificial insemination, you take the semen (sperm) of your desired male and introduce it to the female on heat. In artificial insemination, the male don’t have to be there as a matter of fact most of the semen’s used for artificial insemination are imported into the country.…

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Factors to be considered before Cross-Breeding

First of all, you must have all the qualities you want in your animals in mind and be sure the animals you are crossing can give you those qualities. Also be conscious of the sizes of the breeds of the animals you are crossing so that you will decide appropriately whether to use animals that will not give you delivery problem or be prepared to help the animals deliver. You should also know that in cross-breeding, you will likely need the help of an expert to put you through. So…

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Disadvantages of Cross-Breeding

Among the disadvantages of cross-breeding is that the natural traits of the parents are not completely transferred to the offspring’s rather, it is shared. For instance: a cow with good milk production cross-bred with the one having good meat production will result in an offspring that will have both good meat and good milk but will not be as pure as those of the parents. Also, if adequate care is not taken and a bigger male is used in mating a female with smaller size, foetal oversize may occur which…

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