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Pig Anatomy in 3D - Scale Model [16cm]

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Porcine Anatomy - Internal abdominal organs: diaphragm, heart, pig liver, spleen, small intestine, swine lung, heart, stomach, trachea oesophagus. Skeleton bones: vertebral column, forelimb bones scapula humerus radius bone, metacarpus vertebrae leg bones metatarsus tibia fibula, also snout tail hock teeth ribs.


The Farm to Market Handbook: Create a Profitable Business from Your Farm
The Farm to Market Handbook: How to create a profitable business from your farm or smallholding
Innovative Practical Ideas & Business Development Plans for Sales Success!

Want to turn your expensive hobby into a source of regular income? - How to create a successful and sustainable business. Janet Hurst combines her deep knowledge of farming life and farmersí markets with her hard-won experience turning farm products into a living wage. From CSAs and weekly Farmers Markets to school programs and local restaurants, Hurst guides you through every type of market available to local business farmers.

This inspiring manual explains how you can develop a realistic marketing plan, provides a breakdown of the food laws and regulations youíll need to be aware of, and offers insider tips on how to be a successful business owner.

Through enlightening interviews with producers around the country who speak of their successes - and their failures - the book also takes a look at some of the nationís top markets and analyzes why they have thrived where others have not. So if youíve ever wondered how to get started selling your produce, entertained the idea of raising meat goats, or wanted to spread the word about your homegrown honey, you should read The Farm to Market Handbook and figure out how to put money in your pocket!!

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*Alternative Economic Uses for Pig Manure - Composting, Fuel, Wetlands, Anaerobic Digestion, Biofilters: Report

Video: How to Wean Pigs on Outdoor Units

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*Pen Weight Range Variation - Group Pigs by Uniform Weight in weaning or Finishing Periods? Report




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Formula for Successful Production: Good Nutrition or Sick Pigs/Chickens?
Raising Productivity & Health in Swine & Poultry
Formula for the future: nutrition or pathology? Elevating performance and health in pigs and poultry edited by: J.A Taylor-Pickard, Z. Stevenson and K. Glebocka

A series of reviews from world-leading authorities on pig and poultry nutrition, health and production. Deals with current issues of nutrition and health, including interactions and potential conflicts between them plus ways to combat Salmonella and mycotoxins. The importance of digestive function and the influence of nutrition on liveability and disease are covered in-depth.
The aim is to provide up-to-date coverage of connections between dietary and disease risk assessments and risk management for commercial pig producers, advisors & allied industries consultants.


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*FREE POSTER on How to Increase Uniformity of Finished Pigs: download (.PDF 384Kb)
Variation in size of finishers occurs for many reasons:
season, management, nutrition, feeding, strategy, genotype, environment, boar/gilt/castrate sex, health.
Increasing the uniformity of maturing hogs improves profitiability by enhancing efficient use of feed and labour inputs.

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Published by Wageningen University
Gaining the Edge in Pork and Poultry Production
How to Enhance Efficiency, Quality and Safety
Gaining the Edge in Pork & Poultry Production - Enhancing Efficiency Quality & Safety on Pig Units and in Chicken houses and runs

Global pork and poultry production has become an extremely competitive industry. There is more pork consumed in the world than any other meat and intense competition to attract and retain customers. Consumers continue to demand safe, high quality pigmeat and poultry products at competitive prices compared to other high protein food alternatives.

To ensure sustainability of both the pig and poultry industries, producers must endeavour to seek new technologies to improve production efficiency whilst lowering the cost of production and producing a quality product. This edited (by J.A. Taylor-Pickard, P. Spring) collection of articles is from a series of seminars by the world's leading authorities in the field of swine and poultry nutrition and production.

The fundamental theme is to re-examine the current trends in productivity within the pig and poultry industries, and to identify nutritional and managerial means to improve competitiveness as well as the quality of the end product. The importance of animal health together with novel strategies for disease control and ways to minimise the environmental impact of pig and poultry production are covered. The book is aimed at pig unit managers, consultants, nutritionists and animal producers as well as students and researchers studying livestock and applied biological sciences.


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Production Diseases in Farm Animals
Includes CD of Proceedings of International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals
Production Diseases in Farm Animals plus CD of Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals Michigan USA 2004 High producing farm animals are permanently challenged by a variety of factors: lack of proper nutrition (deficiency, excess, toxicity), housing systems, infections and stress. The incidence, course and outcome of production diseases are changing continuously. Therefore, new information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of production diseases is needed.

These problems are complicated by the discussion of animal welfare, the rapid changes in agricultural production and the economics of production. The following key topics are handled: alternatives to growth-promoting antibacterial agents; chronic inflammation and animal production; animal behaviour and welfare in intensive production systems; epidemiology of production diseases; new techniques in immunoprophylaxis; nutrition-immunology and production-immunology relationships; phosphorus nutrition - animal health and environmental concerns; application of genomics to production disease; role of specific fatty acids in animal health, reproduction, and performance; trace mineral nutrition and metabolism


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Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future:
New Visions for Rural Areas

Hardcover 480 pages
Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future - New Visions for Rural Areas - HOLISTIC APPROACH TO FARM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Changes in market organisation, climatic conditions and societal demands on food quality, animal welfare and environmental quality have created new conditions for farming families to develop their businesses as well as specialist farm advisors and policy makers.

New social, technical and economic solutions for farming and rural areas are subject to review in this inspiring new book.

New visions and perspectives for farms, farm products and rural areas - many of these were a collective development by coalitions of farmers, farmer representatives, researchers, civilians and/or policy makers. Contributions come from specialists involved in crop and animal production worldwide. There are sections on natural resources management, development of sustainable rural systems, future perspectives for farming families, knowledge systems in transition and learning processes in multi-stakeholder processes.

A unique collection of contributions presenting insights from both biophysical and social science, showing where practice meets analysis and reflection - offers new perspectives not only for the EU but for rural areas throughout the world!


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Livestock Production and Society
Edited by Dr. R. Geers & Professor F. Madec
  • Regional patterns of livestock & poultry production in Europe
  • Values and culture in society: origins and relationship with livestock
  • Public perception of food safety
  • EU Legislation & Regulations + Environmental Issues
  • Sustainable agriculture - Sustainable development
  • Nutrition regimes reduce pig manure nitrogen, phosphorus, trace elements
  • Bioaerosol emission from animal houses - Bioscrubbers & Biofilters
  • Manure management & treatment options
  • Alternative production systems for pigs, sheep, cattle
  • Automatic on-line monitoring of livestock - Precision Livestock Farming
  • Real-time sounds analysis to monitor health status of pig herds
    Production Diseases in Farm Animals plus CD of Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals Michigan USA 2004The different issues are developed by well-known experts in their field of work. They are dealing with the latest developments in livestock production in relation to social concerns - regulations, risk communication, reduction of environmental impact, sustainability and economic and social impacts of alternative strategies - and production systems (including transport and slaughter, feeding strategies, waste management and emerging monitoring technology).

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    Weaning the Pig:  Concepts and Consequences
    32 Authors include Prof. Peter Brooks, Dr. F. Madec, J.R. Pluske, J. Le Dividich & M.W.A. Verstegen
    Wageningen Agricultural University

    Weaning the weaner Pig - Housing Feeding Nutrition Diet and Management of Weaners

  • Growth of the weaned pig
  • Nutritional management of the pig in preparation for weaning
  • Behavioural changes & adaptations associated with weaning
  • Factors affecting voluntary feed intake in weaned piglets
  • Digestive physiology of the weaner hog
  • Aspects of intestinal immunity in the pig around weaning time
  • Nutritional requirements of the weaned pig
  • Environmental requirements & housing of weaned hogs
  • Saving and rearing underprivileged & supernumerary piglets - improving health at weaning
  • Providing assistance to piglets at birth, Cross-fostering, Split weaning
  • Growth potential of underprivileged piglets
  • All-in / All-out management system for farrowing and weaner housing
  • Segregated Early Weaning for Disease Control
  • Productivity and Longevity of Weaned Sows - Reproductive causes of culling
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    The Lactating Sow:  Behaviour - Physiology - Management - Nutrition
    Sections by Prof. Colin Whittemore, Prof. Peter Brooks, Editors: Verstegen, Moughan & Schrama
    Wageningen Agricultural University - Massey University New Zealand
    The Lactating Sow - Housing Feeding and Management of the sow during lactation - care of suckling piglets

    17 chapters - Expert Authors - 350 pages

  • Overview of biological & zootechnical aspects of lactation in sows
  • Colostral and sow's milk nutrient composition
  • Immunological aspects & Piglet digestion of sow's milk
  • Major factors affecting lactation performance
  • Genetic heritability, diet nutrition, pregnancy feeding, age factors
  • Environmental requirements of lactating sows
  • Relationship between nutritional strategy & reproduction
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  • Composition of porcine colostrum & sow's milk
  • Factors influencing the utilisation of pig colostrum & milk
  • Genetic influences on milk quantity in sows
  • Energetic efficiency of milk production in sows
  • Dietary amino acids & sow milk production
  • Dietary fat & milk production in pigs
  • Nutrition effects in lactation & weaning to oestrus interval
  • Influence of pregnancy feeding on sow lactation performance
  • Nitrogen intake & metabolism during sow pregnancy & lactation
  • Nutritional & feeding strategy & reproduction in female pigs
  • Lactational effects on the endocrinology of reproduction in sows
  • Modelling metabolism of the lactating sow
  • Thermal environment & housing requirements of lactating sows
  • Influence of sow & piglet characteristics & environmental conditions on milk production
  • Behaviour of sows & suckling baby piglets during lactation

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    The Biological Potential of Swine

    USA edition of The Whole Hog - natural history of domestic and wild swine United Kingdom and Canada edition of The Whole Hog - biology of domesticated and wild pigs

    Author of "The Whole Hog - Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs" is biologist Lyall Watson who has tracked pigs in the wild, observed their resourceful and playful lives and deciphered their language of vocal sounds. During forty million years of evolution, pigs have become increasingly versatile, gregarious and more curious. Sixteen species of wild pigs are found over all continents except Australia (feral pigs only) and Antarctica.

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    Swine management and Pig Production Biological principles - hogs and pigs
    Pig Production
    Biological Principles & Applications

    Dr. John McGlone & Dr. Wilson G. Pond

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    Keeping pigs - guide for smallholders Rearing pork - smallholding manual

    Small-Scale Pig Raising
    Dirk Van Loon & Dick Van Loon

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    Practical Pig Keeping by Paul Smith Practical Pig Keeping by Paul Smith

    Practical Pig Keeping

    Paul Smith

    Hardcover 208 pages
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    Harris on the Pig: Practical Hints for Pig Farmers
    by Joseph Harris & Noel Perrin. Paperback 280 pages.
    Harris on the Pig: Practical Hints for Pig Farmers - pig herd & swine management

    In this delightful guide, farmer Joseph Harris dispenses comprehensive, time-honoured teachings on the whys and wherefores of pig rearing. Included here is an introduction to various breeds of pigs such as the Lord Western Essex and the Chester County White, a common-sense approach to feeding, instruction on building piggeries and pens, plus dozens of other useful lessons-all leavened with a healthy dose of humour. Gems of knowledge abound: Unlike the ox, who has four, the pig has but one stomach and therefore requires food containing a greater amount of nutriment in a given bulk.
    A well-bred pig won't waste energy wandering around the pen and will sleep three-fourths of the time in winter. Also, insists Harris, pigpens should be cleaned daily. This few minutes' work on the part of the farmer will soon lead pigs to form cleanly habits, which will in turn save on bedding.
    Illustrated throughout with helpful line drawings, Harris on the Pig is a veritable swine bible offering the serious breeder and casual reader alike a fine education in the practices of twentieth-century weaner, sow, boar and gilt management.

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