In 2005, Jimmy Tosh felt the time was right to step away from gestation stalls in favor of pen gestation with an electronic sow feeding system. When James Coates was named production manager for Tosh Farms' 21,000 sows in August 2006, owner Jimmy...
The Colorado Pork Producers Council (CPPC) has announced plans to begin phasing in group housing for pregnant sows on hog farms over a 10-year period, according to a new release dated Dec. 18
Because porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD) has spread rapidly across North America, boar semen has been implicated as a possible source for dissemination of the virus
Preliminary results of research at the University of Nebraska suggest that health status, as indicated by circulating immunoglobulin concentrations in baby pigs
As pork producers take up the challenge to house gestating sows in groups vs. individual stalls
The ability to produce pig embryos in vitro (in the laboratory environment) has been mastered at Mississippi State University
This study provides “proof-of-principle” that use of a purpose-built boar exposure area (BEAR) to induce a natural first heat in “select” gilts, and the use of low-dose exogenous gonadotropins to induce first heat in non-cyclic “opportunity” gilts,
Breeding Parity 1 sows at their second postweaning estrus has been shown to increase the number of live embryos detected at Day 30 of gestation. This increase in embryo viability may negate the effects of the second-parity dip in reproductive...
Increased litter size results in decreased average birth weights. But larger litters do not increase variability in body weight of the pigs in the litter at birth. Carcass quality is also unaffected by litter size
Canadian researchers have learned that the productivity in electronic sow feeding (ESF) systems is comparable to sows housed in stalls, provided proper management practices are followed