• Targeted nutrition reduces the cost of production

    18 Feb 2019

    With the growing pressures inherent within today’s pig industry, never has it been more important to optimise efficiencies on farm, as we attempt to improve production at the same time as promoting the health and well-being of our livestock. In order to improve efficiency, we first of all need to have a clear understanding of current performance; and the pig industry already has a good history...

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  • Tailored rations deliver success at Kenniford

    30 Oct 2018

    Andrew Freemantle, along with his wife, Liz and young family run Kenniford Farm in Devon, a high welfare pig farm that has been operating for the past 25 years. After leaving agricultural college, Andrew worked as harvest help on a pig farm before the family purchased the current site at Kenniford in 1993. The ex-dairy farm was bought as part of an initiative to encourage new entrants to the in...

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  • Precision feeding for pig success

    28 Aug 2018

    Husband and wife team, Stephen and Karen Thompson run Povey Farm in Norton, Derbyshire, on the outskirts of Sheffield. They run a 190 sow breeding herd and are fourth generation farmers on the site which has been in the family since the close of the nineteenth century. They run a split operation at Povey, with Stephen in charge of the arable operation and on-farm butchery and Karen managing the...

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    18 Jan 2018

    Rarely in life do we meet someone with such passion for pig production as I did on a recent visit to a weaner production unit. The producer in question through modesty wishes to remain anonymous but his attention to detail is rarely surpassed. Being a weaner producer, the number of pigs produced is vitally important but quality is fundamental as well, because piglets below a given weight are no...

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  • PIG - Creep Feeding - Importance of the First Seven Days of Life

    23 Jan 2017

    The importance of how we treat the pig in the first seven days post weaning is often underestimated. This is one of the most traumatic times in a young pig’s life. Up until this point, the piglet has lived exclusively within a small group of around 10 to 14, fed on mother’s milk and hopefully has had provided to it a quantity of quality creep feed. Weaning day brings about many changes includin...

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