Swine it #112: From farrowing to weaning - what are we doing wrong? - PJ Corns

calendar icon 16 October 2021
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Pre-weaning mortality is one of the most detrimental issues the swine industry is currently facing. In todays’ talk with P.J. Corns, we discuss ways to properly manage sows, piglets, and farm staff to reduce pre-weaning mortality and maintain high health standards in a farrowing facility. Proper pig care is extremely important and it all begins on day 1.

"𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘶𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸." - 𝗣𝗝 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗻𝘀

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻:

1. Day one pig care
2. Ideal body condition
3. Working with nutritionists
4. Colostrum
5. Large litter size
6. Labor allocation
7. Training people
8. Lowering pre-weaning mortality
9. Adjusting the farm to change
10. Global swine industry issues

𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁: P.J. Corns is a pork producer and production advisor from Iowa. He is currently with JBS and is the owner of Global Swine Solutions with clients throughout Europe, Asia and Russia. Besides the familys’ Century Farm near What Cheer, Iowa that includes row crops and wean to finish operations, P.J. consults large, vertically integrated swine production systems on production optimization, biosecurity, standard operating procedure development, and implements business and development projects with the largest genetic companies in the world. P.J. has spent his entire career forging world class results with every step from managing a sow farm with Smithfield Foods shortly out of college, to working as the Director of Sow Production for one of the largest swine producers in the world. P.J. moved from the live production side of the industry to become the Director of Technical Services, Europe for Genus PIC prior to starting his own company where his involvement has been key for clients. He has since become an industry leader in both production and profits in all the regional areas he is involved in.

Márcio Gonçalves

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