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The Science and Practice of Pig Production

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By: Colin T Whittemore

624 pages, Col photos, line illus


Hardback | Dec 1998 | Edition: 2 | #87496 | ISBN: 0632050861
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This work is a comprehensive handbook that gives guidance on all aspects of the health and welfare of pigs. The practical elements of the text are derived from farm practice world-wide; the scientific aspects are dealt with in depth to allow a full understanding of the subject. The book is illustrated with photographs, tables, diagrams and figures and it is designed for use as an international reference work, with examples taken from farms world-wide. The book is aimed at professionals in the pig industry, veterinarians, farm managers, feed manufacturers and Postgraduate students. It is suitable for animal science, animal production, swine sciences, pig production and veterinary sciences course.


Pig meat and carcass quality; growth and body composition changes in pigs; reproduction; aspects of pig behaviour and welfare; development and improvement of pigs by genetic selection; disease prevention; energy value of feedstuffs for pigs; nutritional value of proteins and amino acids in feedstuffs for pigs; value of fats in pig diets; energy and protein requirements for maintenance, growth and reproduction; requirements for water, minerals and vitamins; appetite and voluntary feed intake; diet formulation; optimization of feed supply to growing pigs and breeding sows; product marketing; the environmental requirements of pigs; production performance monitoring; simulation modelling. Appendices: nutritional guide values of some feed ingredients for pigs; guide nutrient specifications for pig diets; guide feedstuff ingredient compositions of pig diets; description files for raw materials.

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