PIGS – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

1. Background to pig raising • Pig Farming • Pig Husbandry terms • Hybrids in pig farming • Pig breeds • Pig Production systems • Building systems • Environmental controls • Building materials • Floors • Pig pens • Waterers and feeders • Fencing • Waste water treatment • Water flow • Anaerobic ponds • Suitable plants 2. Breeding and selection • Heritability in pigs • Testing pig performance • Points for selection • Pure breeding • Cross breeding • Crossbreeding systems • Single cross • Back crossing • Rotational crossing • Hybrid breeding • Artificial insemination • Animal selection 3. Feeding Pigs • Types of rations • Energy requirements • Protein requirements • Mineral requirements • Vitamin requirements • Digestive system • Understanding feeding • Feeding on pasture 4. Pig diseases • General health problems • Management practices • Notifiable pig diseases • Some major diseases affecting all pigs • Diseases affecting sows • Diseases of growing and fattening pigs • Handling and restraining pigs • Vices in pigs • Summary of pig diseases • Pre-weaning period • Post-weaning period • Breeder pigs 5. Managing the boar • Selecting a boar • Housing • Feeding • Health • Breeding 6. Managing the sow and litter • Selection of gilts • Housing • Feeding • Weaning • Ovulation • During pregnancy • Before farrowing • Farrowing • Lactation • After farrowing • Management of the suckling pig • Marking Pigs • Points to consider at weaning 7. Management of Fattening pigs • Feeding fatteners • Housing • Transporting to market • Cuts of pig meat 8. Economics and Records • Efficiency factors • Gross output • Records • Pig Calender • Pig Ration • Pig Register • Sow Record 9. Managing a Piggery • Research innovative practices • Evaluate the production performance of a specified piggery. Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Agriculture/PIGS-BAG209-232.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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