This handbook provides information relevant to three main smallholder pig production systems: free-range scavenging; semi intensive and small-scale intensive pig keeping. The authors point out that good pig farming relies on a combination of inter-connected factors such as housing, breeding and reproduction, nutrition and disease prevention. These aspects are dealt with in detail in this Agrodok. Attention is also given to the management and economics of pig farming and the importance of record keeping. All important details and events relevant to breeding and illness should be recorded, for example, as well as the inputs (costs) and output (revenue) associated with pig keeping activities. These records will enable farmers to improve breeding and assess whether their pig keeping activities are delivering optimal results.
Sample PDF: Pig Farming in the Tropics
No. of pages: 99