Tag Archive: optimum sow care, sow longevity, sow mortality
May 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow mortality trends: Experts dissect the current state of affairsKeeping sow mortality rates in check is critical to a farm’s productivity and cost structure. Yet in recent years, the US pork industry has seen sow mortality rise.
May 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Measuring the direct and indirect costs of sow mortalityWhen breeding animals die, are culled prematurely, or need to be humanely euthanized, there are direct costs involved with the outcome, but the indirect costs are less obvious.
May 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gilt selection: Too often overlooked in the sow mortality equationOne way to advance sow productivity and longevity is to select the right replacement-gilt candidates and prepare them properly for the job ahead.
May 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Caregivers play a leading role in individual sow care and longevityCaregiver management and training are top priorities on swine farms as productivity hinges on the outcome. Yet few things are more challenging.
May 19, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine experts discuss sow-care challenges, solutions and future needsThe sow herd is the engine that drives a hog farm’s downstream productivity. But since the 1990s, sow mortality has been on the rise across the country.
May 19, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow mortality records need an overhaulThe upward trendline of sow mortality needs to be addressed. But until farms have a clearer understanding of why a gilt or sow leaves the breeding herd, progress will be limited.