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PRRS Pillar Number Four: Vaccination

There are four pillars of PRRS control. You must apply all four in order to successfully control PRRS. In this blog we discuss how diagnostics and monitoring can be used to help with PRRS control.

Pig farming

PRRS: Four Small Letters, One Big Problem!

There are four pillars of PRRS control. You must apply all four in order to successfully control PRRS. In this blog we discuss how diagnostics and monitoring can be used to help with PRRS control.

Pig farming

Do your pigs need blankets? How temperature can affect your pig’s productivity

Pigs are naked, they have little hair and only some fat to keep them warm. So put yourselves in their position, after all without clothes we are similarly insulated (no comments on individual hairiness or personal P2 levels please!). Basically would you be comfortable (thermally!) in the pig housing without any clothing on to trap your body heat? If the answer is no, you might need to address the building management.

Pig farming

Guide to PRRS

PRRS is probably the most economically important disease in pig farming. But there are ways to control and prevent PRRS outbreaks. You can find out how by downloading our PRRS guide here.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Farmers – Sense of Purpose

We asked influencers in the industry why young people should choose farming as a career, see what they said!

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Farmers – Career Choice

Remember the career advice you received in school? For most young people, the push to make even a vague decision about their future is bewildering.

Pig farming

PRRS: Four Small Letters, One Big Problem!

There are four pillars of PRRS control. You must apply all four in order to successfully control PRRS. In this section, we talk about herd management and how, if done properly, it can reduce the risk of PRRS and therefore increase productivity!

Pig farming

PRRS Pillar Number One: Biosecurity

There are four pillars of PRRS control and to successfully control PRRS – you must apply all of them!

Pig farming

THE BEST WAYS TO IDENTIFY ERYSIPELAS

When vets aren’t specialised in pigs, the diseases of our porky friends are quickly forgotten about after University. Erysipelas is often the exception; but why do they still recall Erysipelas? Because everyone remembers that picture of a pig with Diamonds on its skin! It’s a pretty classic sign that vets, agricultural students and pig stockmen are all taught about – the raised red lesions, often in the shape of a diamond that you see on the skin of a pig which has Erysipelas. Now I hate to disappoint those of you that remember that picture, but the lesions aren’t always diamond shape: sometimes they are round, randomly shaped, or even just blotches. And to disappoint you further you can have Erysipelas issues without seeing skin lesions.

Pig farming

Have You Got The Flu? The Dangers of having flu in pigs.

Bird flu caused some major issues for the poultry industry last winter with movement restrictions and horrible scenes of culling. But why is pig flu not taken as seriously?

Pig farming

FEED CONVERSION RATIO'S: WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

As an industry we are obsessed with figures: Pigs weaned per sow per year, Replacement Rates, Farrowing Rates, Mortality, Average Daily Gain (ADG) etc. But the most financially important of these figures, if you finish your pigs, is Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR).

Pig farming

WHAT IS BOAR TAINT AND WHO CAN SMELL IT?

Boar Taint is a controversial subject. Some people say it is not an issue at all, and others say it is the biggest challenge to meat quality. Dr Laura Hancox shares a recent experience at the Pigs 2022 conference where sensory perception is indeed a tale of two halves.

Pig farming

Neonatal Diarrhoea: Piglets, the Great Blank Canvas

The piglet is a blank canvas ready to be populated. We want the piglet to get “Friendly Bacteria” (as the yoghurt adverts say!), but if the “Bad Bacteria” get in before the “Friendly Bacteria” then you get diarrhoea. See how you can prevent this.

Pig farming

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION ON THE FARM

Laura Hancox continues her discussion the best way to clean pig success!

Pig farming

Post Weaning Diarrhoea: What else do we have in our arsenal?

After weaning, a pig’s guts are in a very delicate balancing act. The stress of weaning makes their intestines more “leaky” letting toxins in and leaking fluid out. Finding the most suitable balance can be tricky, Laura Hancox explains more.

Pig farming

HOW TO ENSURE WEANING PIGLETS ARE STRESS FREE

Weaning is commonly thought to be the most stressful event in the life of a pig, so what steps can you take to minimise piglet stress at weaning? And how can you reduce the chances of a costly check in growth?

Pig farming

The Key to Solving your Coughing Problem!

A pig with a cough is not a simple creature. A pig with a cough can have one, two, three or more diseases!

Pig farming

Is PCV still causing problems in your pigs?

The Disease that Nearly Killed the UK Industry – and it’s probably still lurking in your pigs!!

Pig farming

CRRU: YOUR GUIDE TO A PEST CONTROL PROGRAMME

If you want to use professional rodenticide products on your farm, you now require approved certification. Here’s your lowdown on the new rules.

Pig farming

HOW BUILDING VENTILATION IN PIG HOUSING CAN IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

The link between pig health and building ventilation is really important. When your pigs breathe easy, there’s a better chance you can too.

Pig farming

What are the benefits of same-sex finishing pens for piglets?

Pig farming is a complex industry. Small changes can often make a big difference to long-term profitability.

Pig farming

A blog for UK pig farmers

Hello and a very warm welcome to our Pig Farming section of the Livestock Farming blog. This is a space for the pig farming community in the UK to keep up to date with industry news, trends and insights.

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