May/June 2021 issue


Kerala pig farmer studies feed options as ASF looms
ZAHRAH IMTIAZ writes about a farm that moved away from hotel waste to compound feed and felt the benefits.

Australian barley, wheat and sorghum as alternative grains in pig diets in Asia
The surge in corn prices has left pig producers looking for cost-effective alternatives. TONY EDWARDS explains that although barley contains less digestible energy than corn and wheat, because of its higher concentration of crude fiber, it is suitable for all types of pigs and provides more amino acids and more phosphorus than corn.

Khomsun Pintapakung

It’s not just another pig farm at Betagro
Animal welfare is a top priority for Thailand’s Betagro Group, and its pig operations have been upgraded to factor this in. PAYUNGSAK WIRIYABUNDITKUL writes that the company is leading the way to improve pig welfare, ensuring their animals are not only productive, but happy and comfortable.

Copper metabolism and growth promotion – is there a relation?
ALESSANDRA MONTERIO and JENNIFER MAURIN review proposed (pre- and post-absorption effects) mode of action of copper as a growth promoter. Particular attention is given to liver accumulation, although this does not seem to be connected to performance.

Should AGP be banned in pig production?
While Thailand and Indonesia have banned antibiotic growth promoters, they remain in use in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. ISA Q TAN and the Asian Agribiz team look at how practical such bans are, and if there is room for continued AGP use.

Immune optimization through micro-nutrient nutrition
MARIA WALSH and YANHONG LUO focus on micro-nutrient nutrition to build strong immune functionality for piglets to get them off to a good start.

MANAGEMENT MATTERS: Managing your piglet’s creep matters
The pig is weaned at 10-12 weeks of age – at about 25kg! Weaning is an interesting concept in the wild pig and starts weaning after day 18 of lactation. Eighteen days of age is an important day as the sow’s milk output peaks.

Biosecurity and strong immunity key to addressing ASF
Since it was first detected in China in August 2018, ASF has zipped through Asia, changing the direction and structure of the Asian pig industry permanently. Without a vaccine, the virus continues to spread, causing huge losses, especially in key pig-producing countries. New variants have been reported, leading to fears that ASF is here to stay.

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