Contents tagged with weaning

13 June 2019

Cost-effective feeding systems that support optimum output are paramount to the profitability of a breeding flock. This publication aims to ensure that the potential contribution of grazed and conserved forage is maximised to ensure both minimal cost and optimal rumen function.

13 August 2018

Improving the number of pigs born alive and piglet survival rate through to weaning has a significant impact on profitability – an increase of 1.7 pigs weaned per litter (the difference between average and top 10% performance) improves net margin by £120 per sow per annum.

13 August 2018

At weaning, piglets experience multiple challenges: stress of leaving the sow, mixing with other pigs, establishing a new 'pecking order', new environment, change of diet and a health challenge. Daily liveweight gain, which can be 300g/day prior to weaning can be reduced to 200g/day

13 August 2018

Creep feeding is feeding a solid diet to piglets while they are suckling, preparing their digestive system for weaning. Creep feed initiates gut enzyme development, enabling the piglet to digest nutrients and encouraging feed intake, one of the greatest challenges to post-weaning performance.

20 June 2018

Learn how Farm Excellence is benefiting David Goodier's 230-sow pig farm

23 May 2018

There are two main challenges for the lamb sector; the first is to maintain the production of high-quality meat and the second is to ensure sheep farming is financially viable. This manual outlines the factors to consider to achieve these aims at every stage of production, from weaning to selection

23 May 2018

Replacement heifers contribute to the new genetic make-up, cost structure and productivity of the suckler herd. This manual provides advice on sourcing, selecting and managing replacement heifers so they can become productive members of the breeding herd

13 June 2019

Around half of all beef in England is a product of the dairy herd. Improving the quality of these cattle can benefit the whole beef supply chain. This manual provides important information for dairy farmers wanting to grow and finish their own calves and beef producers purchasing dairy-bred calves