The Pigman's Handbook of Problem Solving
by Gerry Brent
This comprehensive book is essential reading for all those responsible for the achievement of high levels of output from pig units. Focusing on the complexity of accurately identifying the real causes of performance problems, the book emphasizes the importance of realistically appraising all the available evidence, including pig unit data and observation, before reaching firm conclusions.
The author discusses all the main performance issues that commonly affect pig enterprises—for example, low litter sizes, high levels of stillborn pigs, high post-weaning mortality rates, slow growth rates, low feed intakes, and high feed covnersion ratios. He analyzes each problem in detail at every stage and examines a range of possibilities before guiding the reader toward the most likely cause, and the most approriate course of action.
In the context of general animal health and nutrition, he identifies related issues and recommends when it is appropriate to consult specialists in these fields.
About the Author: Gerry Brent began his career in pig production before moving into agricultural education. He became the Manager of the National Agricultural Centre's Pig Demonstration Unit and then embarked on a career in consultancy and pig unit management. He eventually returned to agricultural education and became one of the founders of modern pig industry training in the UK.
Gerry is the author of three other textbooks, including The Pigman's Handbook - a companion to this publication. He was the recipient of the David Black Award for services to the pig industry in 2004.
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