As more hog producers move their gilts and sows into group housing, properly training the females in electronic sow feeding systems offers producers the opportunity to fine-tune the gestation feeding programs.
PRRS is still one of the most important diseases affecting the swine industry and the country. In the absence of a regulatory framework, coordinated efforts among producers is the most effective strategy to mitigate its impact.
The key to success in the farrowing room can be summed up in just a few words – it’s all about the details. While that sounds simple, a lot of effort goes into making sure those details are carried out each and every day.
Sticking to its goal to be fully converted to group sow housing this year, Smithfield Foods Inc. reports that 87% of pregnant sows on company-owned farms have been transitioned to group housing systems. That is up 6% from 2015...