The continuing focus on overall farm assessments to improve productive performance, health status and animal welfare has seen on-farm auditing programmes go from strength to strength. Newer schemes allow for more far-reaching analysis of what elements on-farm could be contributing to poor performance and digestive disorders, and ultimately profitability. Dr Jules Taylor-Pickard, European Business Director at Alltech, illustrates how a holistic approach to pig rearing – encompassing biosecurity, the potential dangers from natural contaminants within the environment and the optimisation of early nutrition in piglets, including milk quality and highly digestible creep feeds – is important in assessing the efficiency of the whole farm.

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