What is the cost of a sow return? Oct 04, 2017 Now it is time for you to evaluate the performance of repeats in your farm and determine how many of them should be bred if any. What is the right age to wean pigs? Aug 30, 2017 There isn’t an “ideal” weaning age for the industry; there are too many factors that are farm-specific and that includes genetics and management, not just the type of pig you are producing. Time for an overhaul of sow removal records Aug 02, 2017 Getting to the bottom of the real reasons that sows are leaving the production herd may require a revamp of the record keeping system. How accurate are the culling and death loss reasons for your farm? Jul 05, 2017 The Swine Management Services team further looks into why sows are leaving the herd too early. In this column, they take a closer look at death or culling reasons. What is going on with increasing sow death loss and culling? May 31, 2017 SMS database shows top 10% of the farms have a favorable trend line for death loss while the database as a whole has an unfavorable trend line. Overall death loss was actually lowered each year from 2006 to 2010... What do we know about gestation length? May 03, 2017 Does your farm know what your true gestation length average is and the range? You probably need to know if you are doing any inducing of sows. Is there a magic bullet to reduce stillborns? Apr 05, 2017 While there isn’t a magic bullet, there is a common theme to reducing stillborns. It is trained people being in the farrowing rooms more than eight hours per day. How many repeats should your farm be rebreeding? Feb 01, 2017 Farrowing rates for gilts and sows that recycle are 15 to 20% lower than first-service females. Is your operation losing production by rebreeding these females rather than replacing them? Hog producers can take steps to survive in low markets Nov 07, 2016 Producers can take steps all along in their hog production system to help them survive in a downward cycle in the hog market.