Opportunities in pigs

Herdsman12

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Are there opportunities for new entrants in the pig sector, particularly outdoor pigs? Would like to go out and farm on my own. Got a lot of experience with cows and currently work as a herd manager but always had an interest in pigs, worked with them a bit when I was a lot younger and have kept a few for the freezer from time to time. Always found them fascinating. I suppose the obvious thing would be to go dairying but not many opportunities to rent a equipped dairy farm. Are there many people share farming in the pig sector or anything like that?
 
Are there opportunities for new entrants in the pig sector, particularly outdoor pigs? Would like to go out and farm on my own. Got a lot of experience with cows and currently work as a herd manager but always had an interest in pigs, worked with them a bit when I was a lot younger and have kept a few for the freezer from time to time. Always found them fascinating. I suppose the obvious thing would be to go dairying but not many opportunities to rent a equipped dairy farm. Are there many people share farming in the pig sector or anything like that?
Yes. A common arrangement is "Adjistment" (might not be spelt correctly!) where a large pig company owns the pigs and provides feed and vet/med and generally monitors production and the adjistor supplies land (rented), labour, equipment and is generally paid per pig weaned. There are plenty of people doing very well at this.
A good start is your experience with dairy cows, a lot of the skills will be very transferrable.
As with everything, it is all about contacts and location. If you like East Anglia, BQP would be a good firm to contact, if you prefer Scotland, it would be Karro.
You would probably have to go and work for an adjistor first to prove yourself.
 

Herdsman12

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Livestock Farmer
Yes. A common arrangement is "Adjistment" (might not be spelt correctly!) where a large pig company owns the pigs and provides feed and vet/med and generally monitors production and the adjistor supplies land (rented), labour, equipment and is generally paid per pig weaned. There are plenty of people doing very well at this.
A good start is your experience with dairy cows, a lot of the skills will be very transferrable.
As with everything, it is all about contacts and location. If you like East Anglia, BQP would be a good firm to contact, if you prefer Scotland, it would be Karro.
You would probably have to go and work for an adjistor first to prove yourself.
Thanks. I was hoping my skills would be transferable!
Yes. A common arrangement is "Adjistment" (might not be spelt correctly!) where a large pig company owns the pigs and provides feed and vet/med and generally monitors production and the adjistor supplies land (rented), labour, equipment and is generally paid per pig weaned. There are plenty of people doing very well at this.
A good start is your experience with dairy cows, a lot of the skills will be very transferrable.
As with everything, it is all about contacts and location. If you like East Anglia, BQP would be a good firm to contact, if you prefer Scotland, it would be Karro.
You would probably have to go and work for an adjistor first to prove yourself.
Thanks. I hoped my skills would be transferable!
 
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Early moves to target wild oats

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Growers and agronomists now face the dilemma of an early application to remove competition from emerged wild oats, or holding off to allow more weeds to germinate.

Syngenta grassweeds technical manager, Georgina Wood, urges Axial Pro treatment as soon as conditions allow, once weeds are actively growing.

“That offers the chance to control wild oats more cost effectively at lower rates, whilst there is still the flexibility to tailor application rates up to 0.82 l/ha for larger or over wintered weeds and difficult situations.

“The variability of crops and situations this season means decisions for appropriate Axial Pro rates and application techniques will need to be made on a field-by-field basis,” she advised.

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