COMMERCIAL PIG FARMING

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On completion of this course, the learner should be able to;

  1.  Outline different varieties of pig breeds and pig production
  2.  Have a general knowledge of pig housing
  3.  Understand ways of piglet rearing and its housing
  4.  Know the management and feeding of pigs
  5.  Identify common diseases for pigs’

Course Content

INTRODUCTION TO COMMERCIALISED PIG FARMING
) Overview of pig farming in Kenya b) The importance of pig farming in Kenya c)Pig breeds d)Varieties of pig production • Farrow -to-finish • Farrow-to-feeder • Feeder-to-finish e) Breed selection • The landrace • Duroc-(Duroc-jersey) • Hampshire • Other breeds

  • INTRODUCTION TO COMMERCIALISED PIG FARMING
  • QUIZ

PIG HOUSING
Pig housing • General housing requirements • Features of standard pig housing structures b) Sectioning of pig housing structures • Pig farming housing plan c)Types of pig house designs in Kenya

PIGLET REARING
) Piglet rearing • Introduction • Care at birth • Care of a newborn b) Feeding of the piglets c)Feeding of pigs after weaning • Feeding of boars • Feeding of female • Feeding of farrowing sow and litter • Creep feeding • Feeding of growing and finishing pigs d)Piglet housing

FEEDING AND MANAGEMENT OF PIGS
) Feeding and management of pigs • Introduction • Qualities of a good pig for work • Pig as a pork factory b) Feeding • Nutritional requirements • Types of feed • Growing-finishing pigs • Gestating gilts and sows • Lactating gilts and sows • Major feed ingredients c)Feeding management of sows and litters • Feeding management of weaning pigs • Growth stimulants • Feed conservation • Forms of feed delivered to pigs • Dry feeding systems d)Gestation

PIG DISEASES
) Piggery common diseases • Pig diseases during the pre-weaning stage • Pig diseases for post-weaning stage • Pig diseases through the breeding stage • Common pig diseases and health problems • Diseases prevention in pigs

RECORD KEEPING IN PIGS
) types of records • life skills • how to manage wounds and fractures • treating a wound involves the following steps • fractures • Disposing of waste and carcasses b) Introduction • Critical factors for pig production • Projected returns from pig production • Overall assumptions c)Pig products and impact of pork market in Kenya

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