Husbandry and management practices in farrowing units II. Lactation
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Husbandry and management practices in farrowing units II. Lactation

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After providing a comprehensive review of the fundamental aspects of farrowing (physiology, facilities, organisation, etc.) in the first volume, in this second volume the authors focus on the next phase, lactation. From the technical and physiological aspects that affect both the mother and the piglet, to production targets, feeding, health programmes on the farm or personnel management. These are topics that will undoubtedly be helpful in the daily practice of professional veterinary surgeons. As in the previous volume, the authors have achieved a very practical book with rigorous contents, based on their experience and technical literature, accompanied by a large amount of visual material to complement the information given.

Emilio Magallón (coordinator)

He is a member of Anaporc (Spanish Scientific Swine Production Association) and founding member of the AVPA (Association of Swine Veterinary Practitioners of Aragon).

Alberto Garcia Flores

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Zaragoza, Spain, with a specialisation in Animal Medicine and Health.

Roberto Bautista

Since 1997 he has been working for livestock production companies. In the swine sector he has worked as a veterinary surgeon for Inga Food, S.A., where he has been in charge of the technical, economic and clinical management of sow farms and fattening units for more than 15 years.

Boris Alonso

From 2001 to 2007, he was responsible for the management of pig fattening and breeding farms and since 2007 he has been working for the Technical Veterinary Service of Inga Food, S.A., in the region of Aragon.

Other authors

José Ignacio Cano, Silvia Almenara, Patricia Prieto, Pablo Magallón

1. Introduction 2. Technical and physiological considerations regarding lactation Natural behaviour of the sow and piglet during lactation Nursing Behaviour of the sow in the farrowing room Weaning Physiology of lactation Mammary gland formation Anatomical review of the mammary gland Number and type of teats Endocrinology of lactation Lactogenesis Maintenance of lactation (galactopoiesis) Milk ejection Lactation curve and milk production Phases of nursing Composition of colostrum Composition of milk Physiology of the suckling piglet Mortality at birth-weaning Hierarchy Play Physiology of weaning Hormonal changes in the sow Age at weaning Weight at weaning and growth curve Weaning and stress in the piglet 3. Environmental control Environmental requirements of the lactating sow and piglet Environmental control systems Animal welfare requirements 4. Feeding of the lactating sow and piglet Key concepts of nutrition Feed requirements Water requirements Feeding of the lactating sow Types of feed Feeding curves Feeding of the suckling piglet Creep feed Milk replacers Yoghurt Gel Other dietary supplements Body condition monitoring systems Visual monitoring Body condition scoring Individual weight control with scales Control of back fat thickness Weight control using a measuring tape 5. Lactating sow management Management practices during lactation Different management strategies: cross-fostering, nurse sows, artificial lactations, complete lactations 6. Suckling piglet management Piglet management Processing of piglets: teeth clipping, tail docking, identification... Main piglet management procedures Castration Inguinal hernia surgery 7. Cross-fostering management Introduction Partial cross-fostering Shunt fostering 8. Weaning management Sow weaning management Piglet weaning management Age at weaning Types of weaning. Partial weaning 9. Health programmes Health strategy Main diseases of the lactating sow Mastitis Digestive problems Joint problems Demineralisations Main diseases of the piglet Diarrhoeic problems Parasitic problems Coccidia Ascaris Exudative epidermitis Meningitis Others Biosafety Prophylactic programmes Vaccines for the sow and piglet Antiparasitic treatments Systematic treatments 10. Personnel management Necessary aspects for correct personnel management Selection Education Motivation Training Planning Responsibility Communication Staff turnover Teamwork Working with objectives Work health and safety 11. Production targets during lactation Concept of present sow Concept of productive sow at first service Concept of productive sow at first farrowing Farrowing per sow and year Weaned piglets per litter Productivity per sow and year Present sow Productive sow at first service Productive sow at farrowing 12. Conclusions 13. Reference list 
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  • Autor/es Alberto García Flores, Boris Alonso Sánchez, Emilio Magallón Botaya, José Ignacio Cano Latorre, Pablo Magallón Verde, Patricia Prieto Martínez, Roberto Bautista Moreno
  • Año de edición 2015
  • Nº Páginas 200
  • Encuadernación Hard cover
  • Tamaño 17 X 24

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