Raising a healthy group of pigs starts long before they reach the finishing barn. In this episode of SwineTime Podcast, host Spencer Wayne, DVM, is joined by Evan Koep, a swine veterinarian with Pipestone Veterinary Services and a resource in gilt multiplication. Throughout the episode, listeners gain an understanding of what gilt multiplication is, and how it benefits piglets for the long run.
Gilt multipliers offer pig farmers a safe and healthy option to secure the future of their wean pigs. These barns practice heightened biosecurity practices to ensure the health of the gilts. Multipliers have the resources and facilities to replicate genetic progress efficiently for wean to finish farmers. Gilts that come from multipliers are the highest health females that provide replacements in today's commercial sow farms. One gilt multiplication site can supply around 15-20 sow farms with gilts.
Some key features that go into ensuring the success of multipliers are location, genetics and stops for health risks. Location is huge to make sure there aren't other pig barns around to contribute to disease spread. Learn more about gilt multipliers and the ways they help today's farmers create the farms of tomorrow.
Pipestone's mission is "Helping Farmers Today Create the Farms of Tomorrow." The SwineTime podcast was created for pig farmers and individual pork producers around the country. Hosted by Wayne, the podcast contains pork industry news, advancements in animal care and how to enhance your productivity.
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