Module 2 – The Nutritional Link to Animal Health and Fertility in Monogastrics
To recognise the importance of nutrition with respect to pig and poultry animal health, growth and reproductive performance, and their collective role in improving production efficiency, and minimising the impact on the environment. The key environmental benefit is less maintenance nutrient units for the same or greater production – ‘more with less’.
Members must be cognisant of the key links between nutrition, health and fertility and comprehend relevant aspects of animal health and fertility records, and where feeds and feeding management can have a positive effect.
2.3 Essential knowledge and skills
Members must be able to:
Demonstrate practical awareness of the links between nutrition and, where relevant, fertility, general good health and welfare – and an ability to take a holistic approach to production and illustrate the impact on reducing emissions per unit of product.
Be conversant with the essential key performance indicators, recognise symptoms of poor performance and help the farmer to identify the cause(s).
Understand the relationship between appropriate micronutrient supply and good health and reproductive performance.
Be able to inform and explain to producers the welfare issues that impact on production, e.g. feed and water access, air flow and quality, and how to access current status and how these can be improved.
Recognise common on farm opportunities to improve, reproduction performance, health and welfare and recommend further input as appropriate e.g. vet, industry guidance on best practice.
Minimise the risk of health issues associated with feeding by providing appropriate feeding strategies that lead to reduced emissions per unit of production.
Be cognisant of key diseases that affect production performance e.g. pig wasting disease, skin disease, avian flu, respiratory diseases.