A team of researchers at the USMARC, Iowa State University, Hanor Co. and Smithfield Hog Production suggests putting a greater emphasis on gilt development to drive sow lifetime productivity.
Improving pigs weaned per 100 females per day has a financial impact on every farm above pigs weaned per mated female per day.
It appears that there is a minimum birth weight below which it is unlikely successful reproduction will occur on a consistent basis for gilts.
Pelvic organ prolapse has significantly increased in the past five years in the U.S. swine industry, and continues to worsen.
If the numbers are hard to compare why would we even look at them? That’s because the economic impact each number carries on the farm is different.
Changes over time consistent with aging spermatozoa were observed in all treatments and there was no interaction between temperature treatments and individual boars.
Batch farrowing may not produce the most piglets from your farrowing house, but it may produce the lowest cost of pork from your overall production system.
Production records aren’t to make farms look good, they are to create a picture of exactly what is happening.
Three different methods of cooling extended boar semen are researched to preserve quality and fertility.