Maksym Nemesh, the Ikadan Ukraine company representative
Piglets weaning is the hardest period for little animals, as they have no mum any more, and the habitual nutrition (milk) is changed into dry feed. Often in the newly formed groups happen conflicts, piglets are anxious and disturbed. It has a negative impact on animal production performance and their development. That’s why in weaning period it is important to reduce all possible stress factors. The main task for a herdsman is to create conditions for painless entering of piglets into the adulthood. First of all the attention should be paid to the livestock stall size, air temperature and microclimate. It is necessary to provide the free access to feeds and water and to keep cleanliness so that a herdsman disturbed piglets minimally. No less important is floor choice for the growing unit. Let’s focus on this.
Volodymyr Yaroshenko, independent consultant of compound feed industry, professor of Uman national University of Horticulture
Nowadays the situation with crop storage is ambiguous: for example, for early crops it is very favourable while for corn and sunflower it is disastrous. How it influences the feed production, what dangers to wait for and how to avoid them —the article will give you the answers.
Simon Grey is an independent adviser of pig grams management, director of consulting company Checkfarm Consulting Ltd
The production cycle of a pig is about 11 months (from insemination to sale). When the process is started you do not know how much product you will sell and what will be the price for it. That is why producing for the lowest cost is important as it gives us the highest chance of making a profit!
To control cost firstly we have to really understand what cost really is. For example it is easy to reduce the cost of production on any farm by 60% . All we have to do is to simply stop feeding the pigs!!! Clearly however this is not possible as the pigs will die and the business will have nothing to sell and go bankrupt!
Dr. Dirk Hesse, independent pork industry consultant, director of AGRIKontakt consulting company
It’s not a secret that either a human being or an animal (we mean a pig here) dies within 10 minutes without air. That’s why high-quality air on a pig farm is very important, but also a difficult-to-achieve thing. Taking into account the peculiarities of the business, pig farms will hardly smell of flowers! On the other hand, there are ways to make pig farm air less “aggressive” (it becomes so due to harmful gases, particularly ammonia).
Sigma, Ltd. is an enterprise, developing only pig breeding line. Such a specialization, from owners’ perspective, will give them the possibility to get the excellence and remain competitive on pig market in any conditions. This is the major task of the owners. They are Sanasar and Mger Kujumchian, a father and a son, who unite efforts for the benefit of the common goal. Even now Sigma, Ltd. is between twenty the best Ukrainian pig farms. In spite of the fact, that the company developed in a cut and try method for a long time. However, nowadays, taking into account the gathered experience, plans and owners’ mind, it only remains to ask: “What will be the next achievement?”
It’s difficult to imagine modern pig production without antibiotics. At the same time it’s not only fashionable but also scandalous topic nowadays. There are many reasons for this. To understand why it’s needed to get to know this phenomenon better.
Vadim Shestakov, senior lawyer of Danevych law firm
Olexandr Kripak, lawyer of Danevych law firm
Grand Guignol of Legislative Regulation
It’s hard to imagine modern farms, especially pig farms, which do not use water from artesian wells. It’s a pity but in Ukraine you have to go to great lengths and use all your creativity and strategic thinking to satisfy even this bare necessity. The matter is that Ukrainian legislators in cooperation with regulatory bodies do everything possible to «facilitate» running business in our country. A striking example is use of underground waters.
Good advice is always undated Episode 2: maximizing productivity of sows, peculiarities of insemination and group housing of gestating sows
Dr. Dirk Hesse, independent pork industry consultant, director of consulting company AGRIKontakt
If you were asked what a sow needs to give birth to a big number of piglets, I am sure you would at once start talking about providing optimal conditions of environment, balanced feeding, peculiarities of genetics and so on. Of course it’s true and very important. But among this “global” aspects we often forget about the main thing — the process of insemination itself.
Simon Grey, international consultant on management of pig farms, director of Checkfarm Consulting Ltd
Farm efficiency can’t be a matter in question if the owner does not understand their business. Why do we produce pigs? To make profit, there are no other reasons! And what is profit? This is sales minus production costs. What is really important for pig production business — number of kilograms a farm sells. Everything is very simple! You don’t need to be lost in in masses of meaningless numbers and complicate a very simple process. How to achieve this target? There is an infinite number of ways. Let’s concentrate on the control points of the farm efficiency.