The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 14, 1957 · Page 26
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Your income depends cm the*e facts: Live, healthy pigs make your profits Cholera-killed pigs are your losses Every prime, healthy pig you raise for market represents income but every one you lose takes dollars right out of your pocket! ROVAC* gives at least two years solid immunity against hog cholera. With this time-proven hog cholera vaccine, you vaccinate in less time, with less labor, at less cost. ROVAC cannot cause hog cholera. You can vaccinate separate litters when each is ready when this is more convenient With ROVAC you avoid possible contamination which might introduce other disease problems into your herd. Consider these important ROVAC advantages: • Single injection in healthy pigs gives at least a 2-year immunity. • ROVAC cannot cause hog cholera. • ROVAC can be used with serum if immediate immunity is required against hog cholera. • ROVAC saves time, money and labor. Available from your regular supplier. For free literature, write to American Cyanamid Company, Farm and Home Division, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York 20, New York. VInw) M JE» Vaccinate with HOG CHOLERA VACCINE "Protect your pigs... and you protect your profits' "Yes sir, we're mighty glad to get out in the fresh air and sunshine and get some good green grass." These little fellows need vitamin* A from green feed and vitamin D from the sun. Also, their diet may be deficient in a number of minerals after being shut up during cold weather — especially those that prevent anemia. Get pigs out on rye or bluegrass pasture early in the spring. Pigs and Pasture go together to make you money I HIS season is one that should bring delight to a hog fanner's heart and money to his pocketbook. Hog prices are going to be good and corn not too high-priced. Plan to make the most of . what looks like the best profit year for some time. Spring brings the chance to get new pigs out on early pasture where they can overcome any deficiencies in their diet caused by the last cold weeks of winter. Also, you can move them out and away from old diseased hog lots and buildings. Some large commercial hog producers are going to a new system of raising and feeding out hogs in dry lot. However, most typical Corn Belt farmers will still be ahead by making full use of pasture. The dry lot approach requires good buildings, plenty of concrete feeding floors, a strict sanitation program and quite a bit of labor and equipment. By feeding hogs on pasture you also get the manure spread for you. For each thousand pounds of pork raised, at least 15 ton of manure is produced. If hogs are kept in dry lot, all tin's must be hauled out or the value is lost. A year of hogs on legume pasture can make an extra ten bushels of corn per acre when the ground is plowed up the following year. The combination of hogs and clover is about equal to an application of I ton of ammonium sulphate per acre. The manure also helps soil structure and increases the amount of organic matter. CUT FEED COSTS Feed makes up about 80% of the cost of putting on a hundred pounds of pork. Excellent pasture can 'really help you bear down on this item and reduce the cash outlay for grain and commercial feed. Michigan State University estimates that high quality hog pasture can save 5-15% of the grain, and 15-2035 of the protein required by a hog in dry lot. Even in northern states, rye pasture can be ready to graze in March, followed by bluegrass in April. Ladino clover or alfalfa makes the best pasture for the main part of the season, from early May until the end of the summer. Rape and oats can be seeded in early spring to provide temporary hog pasture. WATER AND SHADE For best gains, hogs should have plenty of water freely available to them at all times. Average need is about 1 gallon per head daily for fattening hogs. If you re lucky, water may be near enough to the surface so a sandpoint can be put down and water pumped right into the tanks. Most farmers, however, will have to plan on hauling by tank wagon or piping water to the field. Plastic pipe is convenient for this purpose --laying it is a simple job. We've always known that hogs like shade, just as_jjfiople do. Tests in recent years show that when they get this shade tlieir daily gains are definitely increased. If natural shade is not available in your hog pasture, it will pay to build some portable shades before hot weather.

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