3 November 1995

Care of young vital

MANAGEMENT of the young pig accounts for 50% of a pigs performance, according to Chris Franklin, BOCM Pauls pig adviser.

Speaking at the Institute of Animal Health, Compton, Berks, Mr Franklin said young pigs had the potential for rapid growth and high efficiency. "Some producers regularly achieve averages in excess of 500g a day but the national average is about 380g a day.

"Young pigs need a good start, so creep feeding must be well-managed or digestive upsets will occur. Above all keep the creep fresh and clean. Change it twice a day, removing any that is uneaten, and keep feed bags cool and dry with the tops rolled down," he said.

"All feeding equipment should be scrupulously clean and when floor feeding brush feed areas before putting more feed down." &#42