Look-Think-Act: optimize results by using the signals pigs give you
Pig farming is all about pigs
A good businessman or woman will ensure that the work is done efficiently, that working conditions are pleasant and that pens, materials and equipment are in good working order. But the really successful farms are characterised by the outstanding care the staff gives to their livestock. They all share the same attitude: the pigs always come first.
The pig tells it all
The beautiful thing about pigs is: they tell us all we need to know to improve our daily management and farm results. It's just a matter of seeing and understanding what their behaviour tells you. And that's exactly what Pig Signals will teach you.
Seeing more by looking more closely
Some people have the gift of being able to observe and understand pigs, but most people have to learn how to observe and use pig signals. If they decide to become a pig manager, they must be able to observe and understand pigs.
Pig Signals contains scientifically based, but practically transformed knowledge on pig management. It offers visual practical tools and modern insights to optimise daily managment.
The content is organised around the structure of the farm and the structure of the working week. So it's always directly related to daily practice. At both levels you will learn to determine if the seven basic needs of the pig are met. These are the seven facets of the Pig Signals Diamond: feed-water-light-air-peace & quiet-space-health. Applying those are a basic guarantee for succesful pig managment.
Pig Signals is not just content to read, it is content to use. Use the (online) book as if you were a pig, sniffing and exploring. Whether you are a farmer, farm worker or an advisor. Pick a topic, think about a picture puzzle, or simply browse. Take it when you come accross problems or have questions you don't have the answer to.
The e-learning will show you if and your staff are able to practice what you've read. Do you understand the essential principles of Pig Signals, or do you fully master them? It's a very good way to train and test if Pig Signals is already a part of your daily managment. You will be a certified Pig Signals Practitioner if you pass the test!
Pig Signals is practical: organised around the farm structure and daily working schedule
Practical approach: look-think-act
Pig Signals is based on the look-think-act approach of the famous Signals© series. This approach challenges the user to understand the signals pigs are giving, to act upon them and ensure maximum production result. The Signals© concept is highly visual and based on three basic questions:
What do I see (hear, feel, smell, taste)? What’s the signal? (LOOK)
How did this happen? What’s the explanation? (THINK)
What am I supposed to do? Is it okay or should I take action? (ACT)
The management of pigs is not an exact science or technology. If you only look at technical indicators (daily growth, feed and water use, losses, etc.), you might miss important signals from your pigs and their environment. The true art is learning to see, interpret and correctly respond to the signals you come across in practical situations. And that art can be mastered.