Today most farms are having difficulty just filling the day shift, but it isn’t necessary to add additional staff, just shifting the timing of team members can have a big impact on stillborns.
Traditional litter characteristics used to evaluate sow reproductive performance may not tell the complete story for modern sows. Evaluating sow feeding strategies able to promote performance of large litters demand attention.
Increasing soybean meal concentration from 25% to 35% decreased feed intake in lactating sows, with the greatest magnitude of change occurring after 30%.
The average for all 693 farms resulted in an increase in Parity 2 total born, but was not the case for all farms; 12.1% of the farms had lower total born on Parity 2 females.
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Part 11 in the series “What have we learned about feeding distillers co-products to pigs over the past 20 years?”
It’s the farms with lower female death losses that are also the ones that have well-trained staff and staff that have been there more than a year, Ketchem says.