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Developing and Utilizing Visual Tools to Assist Pork Producers in Employee Training in the Evaluation of Sow Body Condition
Journal of Extension
  • Robert F. Fitzgerald, Iowa State University
  • Kenneth J Stalder, Iowa State University
  • Locke A. Karriker, Iowa State University
  • Colin Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Lori Laymen, Iowa State University
  • Anna K. Johnson, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
4-1-2008
Abstract
The article describes development of a bilingual poster to assists pig producers in classifying body condition scores (BCS) in sows. Sows of the lowest body condition score were purchased, fed for 96 days, and photographed as each sow incrementally increased to the maximum BCS of 5. Pictures from two sows of each BCS of 1 through 5 were professionally arranged on a poster and published in a nationally distributed swine magazine. The poster was designed to assist producers in employee training at the farm level. Similar posters could be developed to improve selection and/or management skills in other livestock species.
Comments

This article is from Journal of Extension 46 (2008): 2TOT7. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner
Extension Journal, Inc.
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Robert F. Fitzgerald, Kenneth J Stalder, Locke A. Karriker, Colin Johnson, et al.. "Developing and Utilizing Visual Tools to Assist Pork Producers in Employee Training in the Evaluation of Sow Body Condition" Journal of Extension Vol. 46 Iss. 2 (2008) p. 1 - 3
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth_stalder/100/