Stockman Plus is the next step on from the Stockman Development Scheme and aims to continue knowledge acquisition and the technical development of pig unit staff. It is a programme of problem-solving workshops, led by technical experts, designed to build on existing pig husbandry knowledge. The first session also includes a virtual tour hour, where participants can find out about each other’s units and job roles.
Sessions are interactive, recapping on pig production covered in the Stockman Development Scheme and uses problem-solving exercises which are applied to ‘virtual’ farm scenarios, to develop the individual further.
The course is suitable for stock people who have significant previous experience or have completed the Stockman Development Scheme or hold the Stage 2 Certificate of Competence. They may want to progress to become a supervisor/manager.
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.
- Breeding herd – gilt management
- To be able to identify 5 key aspects in selecting gilts at birth
- To be able to explain the importance of a specialised gilt ration
- To be able to identify 3 key measurable to monitor during gilt development, selection to service
- To be able to design a gilt management plan
- Includes: virtual tour hour following the session. A chance for participants to find out about each other’s unit and job role, can use pictures, maps, video or just describe your unit.
- Breeding herd management – service and dry sow management
- Identify 5 key performance indicators for the breeding herd
- Develop targets for breeding herd
- Identify causes of performance loss
- Create an action plan to solve performance issues on farm
- Farrowing management
- To be able to develop targets for the farrowing department
- To be able to identify causes of performance loss at farrowing
- To be able to explain how to keep records at farrowing and their importance
- To be able to create an action plan to solve performance issues on farm
- Weaner management
- To be able to list 3 key requirements of weaned pigs
- To be able to set realistic and measurable objectives for the weaner house
- To be able to action plan for problem scenarios
- To be able to explain what and why to record in the weaner house
- To be able to develop recording sheet to capture all relevant performance data
- Finisher management
- To be able to identify 3 key requirements for finishing pigs
- To be able to set objectives for the finishing herd
- To be able to explain the economic impact of performance on farm
- To be able to action plan for problem scenarios on farm
- Welfare and Euthanasia
- To be able to identify areas on the unit where welfare could be compromised
- To be able to list the five freedoms
- To understand legislation and how welfare is monitored on farm
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, with the exception of the first session which includes a virtual tour hour.
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 Plus course near you, complete the training booking form or contact Naiya Khtari on 01904 771 212.