Did you know that pigs are among the smartest of all domesticated animals? If fact, some believe they are even smarter than dogs! This course is ideal for anyone who deals with our porcine friends – from farmers and vets to agricultural and educational professionals. It will help you improve your farm management, raise pigs on a small or large scale, or develop your future career or business prospects.
The Certificate of Pig Husbandry is a professional development course that will give you a solid foundation in pig biology, production and husbandry with an emphasis on how to manage the practical daily needs of pigs.
In this piggery farming course, you will learn about pig health, building systems, economics, environmental controls and how to manage a piggery. You will also study the various pig breeds (including hybrids), how to breed, feed and fatten pigs, and how to manage boars, sows and litters.
On completion of this course, you will have developed the necessary skills to manage pigs for commercial production, self-sufficiency or as part of your own pig-friendly hobby farm.
Unit - Pigs
Unit 1 – Introduction
Background to pig raising
Pig Husbandry terms
Hybrids in pig farming
Pig Production systems
Waterers and feeders
Waste water treatment using reed beds
Unit 2 – Breeding and selection
Heritability in pigs
Testing pig performance
Points for selection
Unit 3 – Feeding Pigs
Types of rations
Feeding on pasture
Unit 4 – Pig diseases
General health problems
Notifiable pig diseases
Some major diseases affecting all pigs
Diseases affecting sows
Diseases of growing and fattening pigs
Handling and restraining pigs
Vices in pigs
Summary of pig diseases
Unit 5 – Managing the boar
Selecting a boar
Unit 6 – Managing the sow and litter
Selection of gilts
Management of the suckling pig
Marking Pigs and Ear Notching
Points to consider at weaning
Unit 7 – Management of Fattening pigs
Transporting to market
Cuts of pig meat
Unit 8 – Economics and records
Unit 9 – Managing a Piggery
Research innovative practices
Evaluate the production performance of a specified piggery.
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.