#181 - Dr. Wes Schweer: What should nursery production look like?

swine it podcast Jan 23, 2023

There is a lot we need to consider when managing nursery pigs. Swine producers, nutritionists, vets, and everyone else involved in the process must do their best to protect the pigs from stressors after weaning while raising robust and healthy animals. However, it is common knowledge that there is not a single answer or a silver bullet to solve all the issues in nursery production, since every system is different and demands adaptable solutions. In this week's episode, I talk with Dr. Wes Schweer, who has a very extensive research and practical experience in dealing with the challenges in the nursery. As part of our discussion, we go through the main current trends in the nursery phase and what we are – or should be – doing differently from the past.

What you’ll learn:


1. Nursery production: the past vs. now

2. What we need to start the pigs right

3. Key points about water quality

4. Zinc and copper in the diet of nursery pigs

5. Managing nursery pigs

Meet the guest:

Dr. Wes Schweer


  • Current: Swine Research Nutritionist at Zinpro Corporation


  • Ph.D., Animal Sciences (Iowa State University)
  • M.Sc., Animal Sciences (Iowa State University)
  • B.Sc., Animal Sciences (Iowa State University)

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