The technical farm audit enables the proposal of action plans adapted to each farm. It involves the following stages:
1. Identification of the farm’s technical and economic priorities based on the Sow Herd Management records and/or the Technical and Economic Management records.
This stage prior to visiting the farm is essential in defining the measures to be taken in the short, medium and long term.
2. Definition of the guidelines for the farm visit.
3. The farm visit.
Observations, measurements, discussions with the managers of each area of the farm, and immediate advice.
> The animals’ environment: Comfort (density, temperature, etc.)
– Formulas, feeding programmes, feeding curves
– Availability of feed and water (drinking troughs and feeder settings
– Fat cover of sows with measurements of back-fat level at different physiological stages
– Water quality (chemical and bacteriological, etc.)
> Sanitary condition of the farm
– Appearance of the animals (performance, homogeneity, etc.)
– Current dominant pathology (digestive, respiratory, wasting, etc.)
4. The report:
Review and recommendations set out in a visit report combining information and advice, with the use of photos to emphasise points. The purpose of this report is to:
– Indicate, in order of importance, problems observed during the visit
– Provide a diagnosis
– List the risk factors present on the farm
– Propose measures to be adopted, in order of priority
– Establish records enabling validation of the proposed solutions
Correct evaluation of the environmental factors on the farm (in this case, ambient temperature) plays an integral part in understanding the problems encountered.
Assessment of the condition of upkeep of sows by measuring back-fat level is the key to recommending a suitable feeding programme.
On-farm feed production service
For farmers making use of their own cereals or producing their own feeds and working with Vitalac’s ranges of supplements and minerals, the technical team offers personalised support, including a range of services intended to take account of the specific features of each farm:
– Infrared analysis of the raw materials used by the farmers (wheat, barley, maize, triticale)
– Meal granulometry measurement to evaluate the manufacturing process and control feed digestibility
– Review of formulas using optimisation software
– Technical and economic evaluation (return on investment calculation) for modification of feeding strategy using an internally developed calculation system