Tag Archive: optimum sow care, sow longevity, sow mortality
Sep 10, 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.
Sep 04, 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.
Aug 25, 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.
Aug 10, 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.
Aug 05, 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.
Mar 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Inflammation, stress put pressure on sow longevityIn recent years, producers have focused on pigs per sow per year and number of pigs weaned to maximize profits, but increased litter size puts pressure on sow longevity.