Day 1 + 2
Introduction of the farm and the Netherlands
Explanation of the Dutch pig industry about the history of the pig industry. After the explanation the number of companies will be explained with the number of sows and finishers. Also the structure in the whole supply chain is a part of this introduction. We prepare a welcome gift for all our trainees. After the introduction of the Dutch pig industry the training schedule will be explained in combination with the presentation of all trainers. At the end of the day the VON training centre will show you the environment where are you settled and sleep together with a great dinner.
The VON-Netherlands will introduce their own farm with a presentation, showing the results and the latest innovations. VON-Netherlands is also interested in your farm and work experience. We give you some time for preparing your own presentation about your farm. Making a clear organogram gives us the possibility to determine the opportunities in your structure. The most important point for the whole training is to bring you, as a trainee, extra knowledge about pig farming. In the afternoon we will guide you through the stable and explain the latest innovations and the way we work.
Planning and data recording management
This day gives an overview of all the process who are involved in the pig farm. The first day is an explanation of the total supply chain of pig/pork. This overview is more detailed and total focus on all the processes in the farm. The use of week schedule, time management. How can we combine the week schedule with data management. The use of software programs and where this in results. A short explanation of the Do’s and Don’ts in a pig farm structure. After this we make together an assignment.
A following up of day 3 about using the right data. VON-Netherlands use for every part of the farm the right protocols. Our employees knows better what to do and if we have a problem it’s easy to determine the problem. The way we are working is very innovative in the Netherlands because we were one of the first farms with this strict protocols.
Housing systems for pigs
This day means housing day. Every stay during the pig lives needs different recommendations. We take a look at the different needs for the pig during their lifetime. We discuss the different housing systems, make an assignment and finish the day with an exam.
Day 5 – 10
We will repeat some subject about housing for lactating sows from last week. The following subjects will be explained.
Management before farrowing, Management during farrowing, Management with new born piglets and suckling piglets, Cross-fostering, Climate, Farrowing innovations, Treatment of piglets, Using antibiotics, Managing of staff in the farrowing room, Relation with other parts of the farm, Prepare sow for weaning
Prepare piglets for weaning, 3-4 week weaning age, Day of weaning, Weight control, Feed schedule, Feed ingredients, Results of different genetics in the farrowing, Supply of creep feed, Diseases
The theory will be used for the practical part of the training. We will do the following practical assignments during the next two days:
Measure of pens, Measure climate, Prepare for farrowing, Treatment of piglets, Using the sow cards, Introduction of RFID, Cross fostering, Prepare for weaning, Weaning day, Cleaning farrowing, Criticize the feed, Economics
The reproduction cycle of the sow will be the first subject, after that we take time do notice the heat control and the direct time. How to deal with the technique of mating. To use a healthy and young sow herd VON shows you the ways of gilt introduction and how to deal with them. Different breeds and the use of boars, how to collect semen, how to store it, how to check quality and the dilution of semen is important to have a good semen quality. The use of feed during mating and prepare of feed before the mating. Another small part is health status during the mating period.
Two practical days, the mating day at the VON farm is always on Monday and Tuesday. VON offers you the change to do the mating and measures the perfect circumstances, like climate, feed check, water supply, light etc. Other practical ways are the heat control, introducing the sows in the mating room. The introduction of protocols so everyone is capable to do the mating room at the right way.
Day 16 +17
The theoretical day for the nursery stable at your farm. First of all preparation the stable for introduction of new, just weaned piglets. The different housing systems will be a part. A very high attention to the piglets is necessary, how to do that and what are point of attention. The use of vaccination and how can this reduce the use of antibiotics. And what kind of feed(s) do we use at what time. Diseases who are involved in this critical period and how to reduce it.
Visit another farm with a nursery stable and do practical test at this farm. Subjects are the start of introduction of the just weaned piglets, Measuring the pens, the water supply for the piglets, A useable protocol and cleaning the nursery room for the next piglets.
Subjects are the different housing systems, stable and dynamic groups. How to get the optimal climate in the stable during gestation. In the Netherlands we use the 4-day rule, at least 4 days after mating the sows in to the group. The ways to vaccinate the sows and the different options we use. Another thing what is common during the gestation period is the pregnant check. It’s usual to check it at the 3-4 week period. These subject will be explained during this day-course. We spend also another half a day on a practical course for gestation. Subject are here, check the water supply, feeding the sows, pregnant check, measuring the crates etc.
Day 19 + 20
The theoretical day for the finisher stable at your farm. First of all preparation the stable for introduction of new piglets. The different housing systems will be a part. A very high attention to the piglets is necessary, how to do that and what are point of attention. The use of vaccination and how can this reduce the use of antibiotics. And what kind of feed(s) do we use at what time. Diseases who are involved in this critical period and how to reduce it.
Visit another farm with a finisher stable and do practical test at this farm. Subjects are the start of introduction of the just piglets, Measuring the pens, the water supply for the piglets, A useable protocol and cleaning the nursery room for the next upcoming finishers.