Hooves Paws and Claws 4-H Vet Club
c/o Shaun Sullivan
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
It’s All About Pigs!
On Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus Agronomy Building, the Hooves Paws and Claws 4-H Vet Club held their second meeting.
President and Youth Leader, Matthew Vermey addressed the group by leading us in the 4-H pledge followed by the roll call question “What do you know about the swine industry? Or What do you hope to take away from tonight’s presentation?”
Lauren McKerrall introduced our guest speaker, Cassie Monden, a Swine Feeding Specialist with Shur-Gain. She talked to us about the swine industry and biosecurity. She told us that a farmer’s goal is to produce and grow as many pigs as possible and as efficiently as possible.
We learned that piglets nurse for 14 to 28 days and that younger sows produce more piglets than the older sows. It takes about 2 hours for a sow to deliver her litter and a sow should have an average of 12 piglets in a litter. An average sow weighs about 400-500 pounds while a piglet usually weighs around 5 pounds.
For biosecurity, there are a set of management practices to prevent disease or the spread of the disease. Mrs. Monden talked to us about the “wet paint theory”; an analogy she heard from a veterinarian. She compared wet paint to a disease and how readily it can spread without proper management. Mrs. Monden listed the ways diseases can be transmitted: 1) direct, 2) aerosol, 3) oral/ingestion, 4) vectors and 5) zoonotic.
Mrs. Monden’s presentation was enlightening. This is an industry that a lot of my fellow club members really knew nothing about. Ryan McKerrall thanked our guest speaker.
The next meeting of the 4-H vet club will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Ridgetown Campus dairy barns where we will learn about genetics, reproduction and biosecurity in the dairy industry. William McKerrall made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Afterwards, the members enjoyed a snack and some social time.