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State Support of Pig Producers in EU: Dispelling Myths!

Somehow it became the custom that we strongly believe that it can’t be worse than in Ukraine and better than abroad. It also concerns pig production, particularly the questions of state support. However, as it turned out: grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. After speaking to experts of EU countries it emerged that there are also a lot of «hidden rocks» there and the situation differs from country to country. So let’s clear up where pig producers have better relations with government!

Optimizing pig flow

Dr. John Carr, independent pork industry consultant

It is very easy to convince yourself that your farm is productive and yet you are still not making money. There can be only one reason — you have not realized that there are only two aspects of production that can be proven. The amount of pig meat you have been paid for and the physical size of your farm. Pig farming is not only about 30 pigs per sow per year or any other per sow parameter for that matter. While these numbers are useful in telling you where on the farm performance is suboptimal they say nothing about the potential of the farm. When you accept the truth about productive pig farming you ask the other question: «How to sell the maximum kilos of meat from the space I have? The answer is easy — you have to optimize Pig Flow.

grokombinat Slobozhanskyi, PJSC the one, that has risen from the ashes

23.07.2013 14:12:39
— How did you make the decision to switch over to grokombinat «Slobozhanskyi», PJSC?

— A meeting with one of the current coowners of Slobozhanskyi stimulated to make the decision. In 2011, they came to Galychyna-Zahid, where I worked at that time, at the invitation of Big Dutchman to see how the equipment of this company operate. I gave a tour and got a proposition to work with them at once. I didn’t give it a serious thought. However, when I got to know that Yaroslav Kebal had taken an offer I agreed to visit the enterprise to see everything with my own eyes and evaluate the amount of work. I still remember: on 8th March I came there and decided to accept an offer while returning home. In several weeks I plunged into work!

Petro Labazyuk: Vitagro living on the land: business phylosophy in one word

21.06.2013 11:54:14

Today Agrarna kompaniya 2004, PC is a part of the vertically integrated structure GC VITAGRO — one of the leaders of commercial pig production of Khmelnytsky region. Just in short years ago a forward-looking dream was to enlarge number of sows to 600. That’s why it was a real pleasure to talk to the representatives of the holding company, that got the reword “Agricultural elite of Ukraine” in 2012 as one of the biggest agricultural producers, about the targets and mission on the Ukrainian market. 

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae: correct diagnostics and wise prophylaxis

Familiarity with clinical signs, knowing what questions to ask your veterinarian and recognizing that no one test by itself gives a definitive answer are all important aspects of diagnosing Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae-associated disease.

Despite advances in diagnostics and a wealth of new information about disease-causing organisms, accurate diagnosis of mycoplasmal pneumonia is challenging for both swine veterinarians and pork producers because no one set of clinical signs and no single test can provide a definitive diagnosis.

Delicate problem - worms

The sickness rarely leads to death, but causes considerable discomfort, painful symptoms and sensations in pigs, and high costs for the economy. We suggest you a folder of the major worms, which can be found on worldwide pig farms.

Many are not taking the problem of worms seriously, but in vain. In the U.S., for example, the annual pig losses from these pests are estimated at $250 million (RO Myer, JH Brendemuhl, 2012). They weaken the animals, stealing essential nutrients and damaging vital organs. As the result – we have atrophied and sick pigs, which effects the farm profits. Therefore, the task of each pig-tender - to know about the main helminths and methods of dealing with them. Here's threadworms (nematode) dossier that are often found on pig farms.

Rye in the pigs diet: Do not be afraid to break stereotypes!

Despite the many advantages of rye with comparison to other forage crops, it’s often considered as a «stepson». The attention of farmers is concentrated most on wheat and corn. They are skeptical about the use of rye in animal diets and accept it only with the reason to reduce the cost of production. But the results of the last trials show that rye is a valuable feed ingredient, which is equal to grain leaders and can easily be their alternative.

Good advice is always undated

Episode 1: feeds, feeders, water and drinkers

The books are very wise but practice is often more important. That’s why it’s very useful to meet the experts who have seen a lot of mistakes and know their reasons, so they can give a valuable advice. Our magazine had an opportunity to get to know such an experienced expert — Dirk Hesse — during two-day seminar, organized by German Agrarian Centre. He didn’t grudge to share his knowledge and experience, which he’s got on the best German and Danish farms. The first piece of advice — in the article.

Sow nutrition: Avoiding second parity slump

The results of two recent studies on the effect of sow lactation weight loss on reproductive performance.

About 50 percent of all sows have a lower litter size in their second parity, compared with their first parity – and recent studies indicated that second parity litter size and litter size could be related to subsequent litter sizes and farrowing rates.

However, by altering management and sow nutrition pig producers may be able to reverse this trend and improve second – and subsequent – parity reproductive performance.

How disease affects nutrient requirements of pigs

During disease a metabolic alteration from anabolism to catabolism is considered essential for the success of the immune system response, as nutrients must be redistributed away from growth to the support of immune system functions to control the pathogenic infection. However, today there is very little quantitative data to enable nutritionists to formulate diets specifically for sick animals.

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