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Producers’ Guide to Pig Production and Nutrition (2017)

The Producers’ Guide to Pig Production and Nutrition replaces the previous Wean to Sale and Pig Producers’ Guide to Nutrition manuals published by the Pig Research and Development Corporation in 1998.

The Producers’ Guide to Pig Production and Nutrition is designed to assist you in making your business as efficient as possible and remain viable by adopting modern production technologies and making the best use of recent research outcomes.

The guide aims to assist in determining your current performance, identifying areas for improvement, providing advice on how to maximise profits for every kilogram of pig meat sold and using methods which are efficient, humane and sustainable.

Best practice gilt management for fertility and longevity

High sow turnover, is an ongoing issue in the Australian pig industry. High sow turnover within a herd leads to a reduction in sow lifetime performance (the number of pigs produced per sow per day of herd life). Despite considerable research conducted in this area over the last decade, very little improvement in sow turnover has been made. This manual uses research outcomes to provide a targeted gilt development and management protocol, and will ensure all potential replacement gilts in Australia are given the opportunity to have a long and productive life in the breeding herd.

‘Best practice gilt management for fertility and longevity’ was edited by Dr. Rebecca Athorn (Manager, Production Innovation at APL) and Dr. Kate Plush (SunPork Solutions).

Download the guide from the link below or for a free copy of the manual mailed to you, please contact Rebecca Athorn on with your mailing details.

Guidelines for Fostering

The Guidelines for Fostering: Getting the ‘One per centers’ right is now available from APL. The guidelines cover piglet and sow requirements, the importance of colostrum, and explain fostering and how to go about it, to ensure that producers and stockpeople are able to optimise production and welfare through their farrowing house management practices.

Download the guide from the link below, or for a hard copy please contact Rachael Bryant on with your mailing details.

Farrowing Section: Standard Operating Procedures

Fit for the Intended Journey Guide

The “Fit for the Intended Journey Guide”, previously known as the “Fit to Load Guide”, is now available from APL.  The guide is to assist producers and stockpeople handling pigs to make informed decisions concerning the fitness of stock prior to and during loading.

For a hard copy of the APL’s “Fit for the Intended Journey Guide” please contact Rachael Bryant on 02 6270 8823 or with your mailing details.