Thomas Livestock Co.’s production manager and sow farms supervisor needed to be convinced that group housing would actually be good for the reproductive females, as the public perceives.
Research Review: Researchers examine floor space allowance for sow housing, trying to find the right balance to maintain animal welfare without compromising sow inventory and total production.
Until further research shows otherwise, inseminating extended semen as quickly as possible after collection is a wise practice.
Research Review: Getting a greater percentage of sows bred and farrowing will improve profitability and sustainability of commercial pork production.
To focus on profitability, your calculation of pigs per sow per year needs to include gilt development days.
Research Review: Melatonin appears to be the mediator between photoperiod and fertility.