In an article in National Hog Farmer, the author insisted that farmers who invested “in the first day of a pig’s life” would make a “pivotal difference in its lifetime performance”; whatever that pig’s role might be. The article emphasized the setting up of pigs in order to ensure they succeeded, and at every point made, housing was a major focal point.
From ensuring that piglets are handled properly at birth, even before sows farrow, to the finishing areas, a major emphasis is placed on appropriate housing. How do you know if your current pig housing is not adequate to your needs? How do you know it is the right time to invest in quality pig housing instead of persisting with existing structures (or if setting out on a new faming endeavour)?
Experts in pig health and welfare say that these are a few of the signs that you may benefit from an investment in premium quality pig housing:
- Sows abort
- Pigs show signs of slow growth and poor health
- Aggression is common
- Disease such as foot rot, leg weakness (OCD), parasites, thinness and mastitis are common
- Stereotypies are occurring such as sham chewing, bar biting and other movements
- Dysentery and/or diarrhoea is common
- Piglets die shortly after birth
- Pig housing suffers from overheating/underheating, poor ventilation, chronic dampness
- Pigs are forced into overcrowded conditions
- The housing does not have adequate pens for the production cycle
Of course, one of the biggest indicators that you require better quality pig housing is that the cost of the operations is not in line with the production system in use. Often it is because the structure is not suited to the population or efficiency, or both.
At IDS, you can find high quality, turnkey pig housing designed for efficiency but also optimal pig health, wellness and success.