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20:20 Pig Health and Welfare
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
BPEX has just produced a new health and welfare strategy, launched by Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens.
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Fencing out TB
Monday, 6 June 2011
A producerís experience
Fencing out TB (33.74KB)
Should I use lime wash as part of my C&D programme?
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Lime wash is cheap and cheerful and good for making surfaces smoother e.g. where concrete is beginning to pit. It has some antimicrobial action, but you need to thoroughly clean AND disinfect before applying. Once applied it must dry for at least 48 hours.
I am trying to develop a mix of yoghurt, glucose and acidifier to give my piglets as a scour reducer?
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
These products are available commercially (eg pigletsart, colostar etc) and seem to be unit, or even stockman, specific - some people swear by them, some hate them.
I have recently made the decision to convert my scrape through grower house to partially slatted.
Monday, 16 March 2009
The dung passage will be converted to slats but keeping the original solid/straw lying area in kennels. Currently we have solid gates between pens, should I keep these solid or turn them to standard barred gates. Is there any benefit from pigs seeing each other?
I would like to know more about acid in feed after reading an article in Pig World
Friday, 5 September 2008
Feeding acids to pigs from 13-30 kg is common throughout Europe. They seem to have more effect in vegetable based diets rather than those high in animal protein. Their mode of action is complex but in part works by modification of gut bugs. This generally means the healthier the farm the lower the response.
In-feed acid that has been found to work in some situations is Vevovitall (benzoic) but not cheap at around 5kg/tonne at about £1.35/kg (Aug 08). New lower inclusion products based upon medium chain fatty acids (coconut oil) are looking interesting.

Few people use in-feed acids in finishing pigs now. There is mixed evidence as to whether it may help Salmonella issues due to its nature of being absorbed prior to main Salmonella populations in the hind gut.
There are protected acids but these are still not used commonly. Organic acid products fall into two categories: 1) unprotected containing formic, lactic and proppionic acids in a free form and 2) protected acids, which means the acid has been modified so it is not absorbed prior to entering the hind gut.

Many now believe acid in water is better than acid in feed - formic/lactic based products have given the best results in water.