Reproductive Disorders

Reproductive failure is the most common cause for culling sows from production herds. The reproductive disorders failure can affect individual pigs, but can also be a farm problem. Any region of the pig’s genital tract can be diseased, with the uterus being the most frequently affected organ.¬† Other less common infectious causes of reproductive problems…

Crop Rotation Importance

A question mostly asked; what is crop rotation importance: To help control pests and diseases it is a good idea to grow families of vegetables in separate plots and move them around(rotate) them each year. E.g Year 1; Potato family – Carrot family – Cabbage family – Pea & bean family Year 2; Pea &…

Feeding Orphaned Piglets

For the first two days, feeding orphaned piglets¬† should be done at regular intervals 5 times a day, for about 10 minutes each time. On the third and fourth day they should be fed four times a day, and after that 3 times a day. After 14 days, increase the quantity of milk at each…

Management of New Born Piglets

A few minutes after birth the umbilical cord may be pulled gently away or cut if necessary(to about 5cm length). After birth, the navel of each piglet should be soaked in a cup of iodine solution to prevent inflammation and tetanus. Each piglet should be rubbed carefully, dry with a cloth. After the first one…

Selecting Breeding Gilt

Selecting breeding gilt is important since it contributes half the quality of the herd. Areas to be considered while selecting breeding gilt: Gilts selected to have at least 12 teats so as to accommodate a large litter Gilts to be selected from sows, which mean 9-10 or more piglets per litter and are unknown to…

PURE PIG BREEDING

Pure-breeding The major objective of pure pig breeding is to identify and propagate superior genes for use in commercial production primarily in crossbreeding programs as well as to propagate and identify superior females for maintaining valuable genetic material. Furthermore crossbreeding will not be worthwhile unless superior pure bred individuals are used. Out breeding Mating individuals…

Controlling Calcium

Controlling Calcium mineral¬† is delicate in the plant. A deficiency can cause problems such as blossom end rot in sweet pepper and tomato, burnt edges in leafy crops and ‘trip burn’ in some ornamental crops. The other way round, excess leads to gold spot on tomatoes and stip (color spotting) in peppers. Just paying attention…