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Workshop Helps Solve Pig Production Challenges

by 5m Editor
4 June 2008, at 10:10am

UK - More than 20 pig producers gathered at Boroughbridge, Yorks for an evening workshop on the challenges facing them when managing the growing pig. The workshop was organised by BPEX KT Manager Lis Ravn.

Everyone agreed disease was one of the biggest challenges. Hot topic of the night was PCV2 as many of the producers were already using the vaccine or had taken up the offer to use it from BPEX.

The burning question was when was the best time to administer? Some producers thought weaning was the best time when the piglets were going to be disturbed anyway, whilst others considered it less stressful for it to be given whilst the piglets were still with the sow.

Another topic for debate was using the right disinfectants to eradicate salmonella as only certain components will treat it effectively. Lis reported that from a large study recently carried out by SAC the results showed that the most effective disinfectants – in particular against Salmonella - were products containing either Peracetic acid plus Hydrogen peroxide or Quaternary ammonium plus Hydrogen peroxide.

The evening proved a resounding success and gave producers the chance to meet and share views with other producers. Mick Warren, third generation producer with a breed/finisher unit said: “It’s been invaluable talking to other farmers about how and when they’re using the PCV2 vaccine. These workshops always make you go away and think about what you are doing and how you can improve.”

Scotlean Director Tony Myers added: “Producers are often very isolated and don’t get many opportunities to meet others. The workshops are an excellent way to get people together. People relax and start talking.”

5m Editor