Pig Feed QC offers strategies for productivity

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Day 3 of Asian Agribiz’s Pig Feed Quality Conference streamed on September 29 and focused on ‘Solving the pain points in Asian pig production.’ Below are some highlights from the discussion panel.

Three ‘dos’ to prepare for a productive sow

Preparing a gilt to become a productive sow is critical for a successful pig operation. Pariwat Poolperm, founder of Professional Training and Consulting Co Ltd in Thailand, identified three ‘to dos’ to build a productive sow. Farmers should look at the success rate of the fertilization of the gilt, set up the farrowing weight of the gilt (at 85-95%), and set up the average parity of sow before culling, which should be greater than five. “Culling sows earlier than parity 5 means the gilt is not prepared well, or she was sent to an uncomfortable environment that prevented her from becoming a productive sow,” explained Dr Pariwat. 

Adjust feed needs to achieve ideal sow body condition

Having an ideal body condition is crucial to a productive sow. If sows are too fat or too thin, producers should adjust their feeds, accordingly, said Dr Rhovicta Pandong, Technical Services Manager at PIC. She said the right time to measure the sow is during gestation (on the 30th and 90th day). “For thin sows, we usually should add 1.5 kg/day until they reach a normal body condition. If the sows are fat, we can reduce the feed also by 1.5 kg/day,” she advised. “The most important thing is to consult with your nutritionist regarding the specification of the feed before making any adjustment.”

Assessing herd immunity

Immunity is an important indication of the health status of a farm. However, there is no easy or simple way to assess immunity, said Dr Neil Gannon, Global Swine Technical Manager at DSM. “There are several things that a veterinarian can do to understand the health status of pigs on the farm, such as taking blood samples or analyzing immunoglobulin levels and various reactive oxygen levels. But there is no simple way to do it,” he said. Still, producers can evaluate the farm’s immunity status when the animals get sick.

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