Sometimes, when working on the farm, we have to get up close to the sow to check its card in order to know its productive cycle. Or, whilst carrying piglets to be fostered, we ask ourselves, will that sow be a second parity one?
Tips on pigs: farm management techniques
There are many types of boot racks in the market, but we can build one ourselves with something available on any farm: a pallet.
The disadvantage of some boxes is that some piglets are too big and lively and jump off easily.
A system to check your all-in-all-out management and the consecuences of violating internal biosecurity practices.
Great care is needed particularly when handling young pigs above 6kg/3 weeks of age, to avoid causing lasting damage.
A simple, economical and practical trick is to identify the replacement gilts with tags of different colours according to the batch they belong to.
Captive bolt humane stunners do not kill larger growing pigs or adults, they render the pig unconscious. Further action is needed to ensure the pig is dead.