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Stockman Development Scheme

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Stockman development scheme

Course Overview

The Stockman Development Scheme is a combination of pig production workshops, covering each stage of production from service to slaughter, delivered by technical experts. Focusing on basic knowledge and everyday tasks, it is suitable for individuals who are new to the industry or wish to refresh their knowledge.

Sessions are interactive, and encourage input from all participants, enabling the sharing of knowledge and practices. There is the option to include two allied industry visits, to a feed mill and an abattoir, depending on the uptake from each group.

Course participants will receive a certificate of attendance from AHDB Pork. (trainees can also choose to be assessed for the Stage 2 Certificate of Competence qualification, at the appropriate cost).

What will the course cover

The session topics are listed below with the learning objectives for each session. To see the full session brief for each topic, click on the session title. 

  • Service and Dry Sow Management
    • To be able to identify five signs of oestrus
    • To be able to explain the importance of wean to service interval
    • To be able to describe correct process from fertilization to conception
    • To be able to list 3 key aspects of managing the dry sow
    • To be able to identify and set key performance targets for the herd post service
    • To be able to list 3 important factors affecting natural service
    • To be able to describe AI procedure with reference to the importance of hygiene and cleanliness at service
  • Gilt Management  
    • To be able to list three key considerations when selecting gilts at birth
    • To be able to describe gilt feeding options and state the importance of feeding a specialized diet
    • To be able to identify three areas which should be monitored during gilt development
    • To be able to list four factors influencing gilt performance from rearing to selection
    • To be able to identify different systems for bringing in new gilts

  • AI & Breeding
    • To be able to describe correct process for AI collection, storage and insemination
    • To be able to explain the drivers for current genetics available in the pig industry
    • To be able to describe an overview of genetics and selection
    • To be able to describe correct insemination procedure

  • Farrowing Management
    • To be able to identify five key tasks in preparing the farrowing house/pen
    • To be able to identify the signs of farrowing and when intervention is necessary
    • To be able to list three important factors in piglet survival
    • To be able to explain/determine the importance of correct diet and environment for the sow and her piglets in the farrowing house/pen
  • Weaner Management  
    • To be able to identify 3 piglet requirements at weaning
    • To be able to explain how to prepare weaner accommodation
    • To be able to explain the importance of getting weaned piglets eating
    • To be able to explain how stress at weaning can be reduced
    • To be able to identify 3 factors affecting weaned pig growth
  • Grower and Finisher Management
    • To be able to understand what pigs require to grow and stay healthy
    • To be able to identify key areas for reducing food conversion ratio
    • To be able to identify what impact the finishing herd has on profit
    • To be able to identify and valuate relevant KPIs for the finishing herd
    • To be able to identify correct pigs for slaughter and understand contract requirements
  • Safe Use of Veterinary Medicine
    • To be able to identify types of medicines used on farm
    • To be able to explain the legal requirements for safe storage and use of veterinary medicines
    • To be able to demonstrate correct injection methods
    • To be able to explain when recovery pens should be used and how to manage them daily
    • To be able to identify 5 signs of ill health in pigs

When do the courses run
Courses run from autumn to spring usually from November to July, sessions start with lunch at 1pm and finish at 5pm

What will the course cost:

The full course cost to levy payers is £210+VAT which includes all workshops, lunch at each session and course folders. Workshops can be attended on an ad hoc basis at a cost of £35+VAT per session. The full course cost is £700, however all courses and sessions are 70% subsidised by AHDB Pork.

To book a place on the next Stockman Development Scheme near you, complete the training booking form or contact Naiya Khtari on 01904 771 212.