The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 15, 1956 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 15, 1956
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\ \ o I Ill JO I * r MS happy as pigs in clover" is an old saying that is still very true today Us easy to keep hogs healthy and happy on rich, green-growing pastures, iney provide high-quaUty proteins, minerals and vitamins that are not always found in grains and mill feeds. Cood pastures cut feed cost; the major expense of producing pork. " Pasture can reduce the amount of grain and supplement you use by 10 to 20%. Experiment Stations that have run feeding trials with hog pastures found that an acre of good pasture can save a farmer 1,000 pounds of com and 500 pounds of tankage. Some individual tests ran even higher than that. In dollars and cents this means a return of up to $50 an acre, with no harvesting costs and very little extra work PRE'VENTS DISEASE The biggest advantage of a good pasture system is that it helps prevent disease. By rotating the pastures in a four-year cycle you can be sure this Your Prof its ... Cuts Erysipelas Losses! needed to check >* , • ; ' - 7 - ' • - • ' " ; i>^ acute phases of infection. In addition it produces foe ft^fiv* .MM J3 '^.1^ .Al^_ ~ _ * ' '3 * J^- ' 1. *- ' — " : ^ Zl • '""°~^ *j*fmxMvu, Jmu mm, jjnj«prRan oi nigpqg^, _»«aiaaN FoKtiriBulias prolonged action that is particularly important in »mrdmg^agamst 1fte aftra-^ffects of swine joyHpelas, a disease that often; -reonoes sfce market value of animals and your profits. " «% BrauaN;EoRtiraED gives you «ris 4cm&k penicillin action— treat- menti>U»|>rotectaon-^aiangIelniectionH «CIUMST TggKEY OYSIfCUS, TOO! " 1 «artriage «mtanring 300^)00 units «a«hu*ui.i-. WWBCICT wi »ra years pig crop won't pick up a bug left by last year's crop. Rotation of pastures also gets rid of worms. There are a number of ways hogs can be handled in a rotation system. The first is to use portable farrowing houses. This is the easiest for some fanners. They clean and disinfect the house before farrowing. They wash the sow so she won't carry worm eggs to the clean ground with her. Clean sows and houses are then moved out to the pasture. This way the young pigs are born where they never have a .chance to pick up disease or worm eggs. Farmers who have a central farrowing house work it a .little differently. They move the sows and litters out to pasture shelters with a truck or trailer a couple weeks after, farrowing. The time depends on the weather. They use the truck so there is no chance of picking up disease on the way. Some, who have a big farrowing house with outdoor concrete lots, wait until weaning to move -the pigs. Then they put the sows on a separate lot. This avoids the problem of trying to sort sows from pigs out on pasture. A few hog men have rotation pastures arranged so they can have con-, crete runways to each lot. Tin's way they can clean the runways and dsive the pigs to whichever pasture they choose. Some use the farrowing house as a shelter in early spring and let the pigs run back and forth to the pasture lot. This whole combination of tilings on pasture works together to keep pigs healthy. They get sunshine, exercise, vitamins, minerals and high quality protein. Besides these they are protected from worm eggs and disease. A portable fence can be a big help in setting op a good hog pasture system. If* usually a good bet to keep no more than three sows and litters on one plot. Then at weaning time all the sows and all the pigs can be put in separate lots. When the seeding g~ets old all the fences can be taken up and all the plots can be reseeded as one big field. x If you have a central farrowing house move your sow and litter out to pasture in truck or trailer. This way they have-no chance to pick up roundworm eggs or other disease germs. These young fellows will be healthy and well-nourished out in the sun and lush green clover. "

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