Guidelines

In this section, you will find concise, practical knowledge on a wide range of topics available for download.

One of the goals of SEGES Pig Research Centre is to make the knowledge we generate through our research activities easily available.

In this section, we have collected fact sheets, guidelines etc. on a wide range of subjects relevant to all pig producers. With their printer-friendly layout, our fact sheets and guidelines are ideal for on-farm use.

The guidelines below describe diagnostics, handling of antibiotic treatment and how to prevent diarrhoea in finishers, and much more.

”Use antibiotiocs as little as possible, but as often as necessary”

It is crucial that antibiotics for the treatment of animals are used appropriately and responsibly, thereby ensuring effective treatment with the least amount of antibiotics possible. The purpose of antibiotic treatment of pigs is to safeguard the pigs’ health and well-being.

The purpose of this manual is to gather all the relevant knowledge and experience related to reducing the requirement for antibiotics and to present this information in an easily accessible and practical manner. The manual is written by a group of pig experts consisting of pig veterinarians, local pig production advisors and employees from SEGES Pig Research Centre.

The group decided to focus primarily on diarrhoea in weaners and finishers, since this is where we find the greatest use of antibiotics in pigs. The principle was: “Use antibiotics as little as possible, but as often as necessary”. A series of instructions (fact sheets) were drawn up to be used as a tool in the prevention of diarrhoea outbreaks. In case of disease outbreaks, the herd vet decides whether antibiotic treatment is necessary and, if so, which drug and dose to administer.

The group hopes that the material will be a helpful tool for farmers, staff and advisors in their efforts to reduce antibiotic use on their farms.

Guidelines on Good Antibiotic Practice will undergo routine updates as farmers, vets and advisors gain more experience in reducing the consumption of antibiotics. The Guidelines are available in Danish and English.

Download the entire set of guidelines by clicking the links below. 

Prevention of diarrhea in weaners and finishers
Clean pig facility
Dry and warm pig facility
Cleaning of water pipes
Supply of water and feeds
Feed and diarrhea
Preventive steps against diarrhea
Changing diets without diarrhea outbreaks
On-farm feed hygiene
Daily routines
Thermal environment for the smallest pigs
Transfer and sorting of weaners
Hospital pens
Diagnostic and management of antibiotic treatment
How to diagnose diarrhea
Instructions in injection technique
Correct dosing of antibiotics
Stock solution of antibiotics
Administering antibiotics in drinking water
Administering antibiotics in liquid feed
Administering antibiotics in dry feed
ADD - Average Daily Dose
Yellow Card for high antibiotic use
Antibiotics and pick-up for slaughter

All routines in the farrowing unit - from pre-farrowing to weaning - are described in the guidelines on managament of the farrowing facility.
Performance in the farrowing unit forms the basis of productivity in the sow unit.  

Good management routines in the farrowing unit are essential to be able to produce large and healthy weaners that form the basis of the future production. It is therefore important that all staff members are familiar with the farm routines - from preparing the farrowing pen for a new sow to successfully weaning the piglets.

Index of fact sheets

This set of guidelines provides best practice instructions on management of weaners and finishers.
Obtaining good production results in both the weaner and finisher units requires skills, know-how, planning and consistent work routines. If this goes hand in hand with pigs of premium quality, correctly designed pens and optimum environment, pig producers are assured of increased earnings, improved production results and a greater job satisfaction.  

In the management tool ”Growth Management - Pigs”, all knowledge and practical experiences are compiled in an accessible format. Combined with dedicated advice, these fact sheets will make it easier for farmers and staff alike to utilize the potential for improvements in a herd. 

Index of fact sheets

The online course is mainly for new employees in Danish pig production.

The online course comes around Danish pig production and is a good way to be introduced to the work of a Danish pig company. It may also be that you yourself can benefit from the course?

You already know the rules for infection protection - and everything else that is important to know when working at a pig farm. But for new employees there may be plenty to look out for. 
That is why SEGES Akademi, together with SEGES Pig Production, has created a digital course aimed at new employees in Danish pig herds.

The course is free and consists of eight modules.
Please note that the employee or you must be registered as a user in DLBR. 
This is easy and for free.

Courses in four languages

The course is written in four languages: Danish, English, Ukrainian and Romanian and is especially aimed at foreign employees who have not previously worked at a pig farm. But the course can also be taken advantage of by Danish employees - both new employees and employees with experience.