Know How / Pigs

Whether indoor or outdoor, modern British pig production has evolved to high levels of technical performance and efficiency to cope in a huge pork market. Find out more about key management areas, information on issues such as welfare, consumer demands and antibiotics reduction targets.

Key focus areas:

  • Managing health and welfare
  • Farrowing and youngstock
  • Growing and finishing
  • Genetics and breeding decisions
  • Knowing your cost of production

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Pig diseases A-Z

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Latest Know How

PIGS

Switch to rye saves £1.90 a pig on Yorkshire unit

A leading East Yorkshire pig unit has reduced its pig feed costs by £1.90 a head by replacing wheat with rye in its post-weaning rations. JSR Farms is among a…

PIGS

Why colostrum is so important for newborn pigs

Judith Tooth looks at what farmers can do to help piglets get the best start in life Ensuring animals get enough colostrum is probably the most important thing you can…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Advice on converting farm buildings for pig B&B

New-build sheds on greenfield sites have been a popular choice for farmers setting up a bed and breakfast pig enterprise, with short payback periods, new-build bonuses, and a good return…

PIGS

Advice on establishing a B&B pig agreement

Uncertainty surrounding future support payments and increasing volatility in the marketplace following Brexit and Covid-19 is driving more farmers to consider additional income streams, such as contract-rearing pigs. There is…

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