Some thoughts on big pens

The big pen concept for growing/finishing pigs really caught on around 2003, so we have a good five years...

Check those feeder gaps!

You have all got the latest and well-publicised feeder space allowances for growing and finishing pigs – well, I...

Perimeter biosecurity

I've been asked to forecast what a pig farm perimeter might look like a couple of decades into the future....

Mixing growing pigs

Try to mix pigs as little as possible. Varley (2001) showed that litters kept together grew 110g/day faster to...

Moving pigs

I've just come back from a tour of farms where I watched young pigs being moved and older pigs being shipped....

Weaning capacity

I've been writing quite a bit recently on Sow Productive Life (SPL) and that I am disturbed at pig farmers'...

Enough Colostral Energy?

I continue my aim during the present feed price crisis of only writing about actions you can take which do not...

Autumn infertility

Outdoor sows are very much at the mercy of increasing and decreasing seasonal light patterns. Their hormone...

Water: the hidden threat

Water: the hidden threat

Things on the water front are looking up. Encouragingly, many papers have now been published on water as well....