Dairymen have long known the importance of foot health care to provide a good base for their dairy herd. That same thinking is catching on in the swine industry, making sure that gilts and sows have healthy feet for a productive life in your operation. When pigs aren’t comfortable on their feet, they experience lower feed intake, and sows and gilts present decreased reproductive performance. When feet issues develop into lameness, producers are then left with little choice but to cull these sows and gilts from the herd.
Preventing feet problems from becoming lameness issues is a major first step to keeping females productive and performing in your herd for a long time.