Octavoscene Western-Cape held a Pig Production and Management Discussion Session on the 22nd of May 2019.
They held the session at the Nuweplaas Farmstall situated in the scenic countryside of Malmesbury, nearby the Riebeek Valley and Swartland Wine Route. Dr Peter Evans from CS Vet and Dr Friedrich Osterhoff was our guest speakers for the session. It was a very interesting and inspirational learning experience.
Dr Peter Evans talked about optimising your Pig Farm . The demands for sustainable production in the competitive pig farming industry can only be met when the whole production chain from farm to fork becomes more efficient.
Dr Peter Evans graduated from Onderstepoort in 1983 and joined CS Vet in 1993.
There is no way a farmer can run a profitable pig business unless he feeds properly. Healthy pigs need a nutritious, well-balanced diet at every stage in production; if the nutrition is poor the pigs will not be productive and the business will not be profitable.
“Pigs need the right nutrition to perform well. You can’t take shortcuts in feeding,” says vet and pig specialist, Dr Peter Evans.
Dr Friedrich Osterhoff of AHRHOFF GmbH talked about Recent Advances in Sow and Weaner Nutrition.
Feeding and nutritional strategies for weaned pigs, regardless of age, should be thoroughly reviewed on a regular basis to ensure success of your weaning age program. Properly designed nutritional programs and feed budgets cannot, by themselves, ensure a successful nursery program. It’s important when moving to an older pig at weaning that nutritional feeding strategies can be modified to maintain growth performance targets and decrease feed cost per pig.