2. Get every animal up, every day
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High-risk animals get at least two daily health observations. Make a list every day of problem/trouble animals and make sure they get a follow-up health check or treatment that day, not tomorrow.
How much is enough time to spend with each sow? Observation time of 10 seconds per sow does not sound like much, but that adds up quickly when multiplied by a large number of sows. That’s over two-and-a-half hours spent just observing 1,000 sows. “On a larger farm, that’s almost a full-time employee plus just to make observations, treatments and re-observe the next day to make sure the treatment that you put in place has had some effect,” says Leuwerke.