Groei- en produksievergelyking tussen konvensionele, multi-eenheid, siektegeteisterde varke en hoë gesondheids multi-eenheid varke
Thesis (MPhil (Animal Sciences))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A trial was done to determine if there are any differences in the growth performance of finisher pigs in the old conventional type of housing with disease infected pigs, pigs in multi unit housing that were also disease infected and high health pigs in multi unit type of housing. The high health pigs gave the best results when factors like A.D.I., A.D.G., F.C.R., margin over feed cost and carcass weight are compared with the results of the other two treatments. The difference in achievement between the disease infected pigs and the high health pigs were not the same for all the production factors but it was still in favour of the high health pigs. The trial results show just how dynamic pig production has become. From the results it is very clear that there is not any place anymore for the old conventional type of housing in any modern piggery. The time has also come for every pig farmer to look at and evaluate the health status of his piggery and to consider changing over to a high health herd. From a production as well as an economic viewpoint it makes good sense.