Farrowing management News

News published on April 14, 2009:

New paper on individual gestation accommodations for dry sows released

The use of individual gestation accommodations (IGAs) for dry sows in commercial pork production is an issue that has raised much debate. Public perceptions and misconceptions of welfare issues have the potenti...
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CAST via AG Professional
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News published on February 18, 2009:

Effect of Weaning Age on Sow Herd Performance

The average piglet weaning age in the United States declined from 28.8 days to 19.3 days between 1990 and 2000, according to USDA figures. Early weaning allowed the production of healthier, more uniform pigs an...
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NCSU Cooperative Extension Service Swine News
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News published on January 6, 2009:

Is There an Optimum Weight After Farrowing for Gilts?

A key recommendation from the gilt development strategy for the University of Alberta's Swine Research and Technology Centre was to breed gilts at 135 to 150 kg (298 to 331 lb) to reach at least 175 kg (386 lb)...
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Govt. of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
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News published on January 2, 2009:

Sows Housed on Straw Out Perform those On Slatted Floors

Research conducted by the University of Manitoba indicates, from an animal welfare perspective, sows housed in groups on straw tend to out perform those housed in conventional slatted floor systems. Research a...
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Farmscape news
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News published on November 5, 2008:

Controlling stillbirth losses: Global Problem

In general, as total litter size has increased, there has been a tendency for an increase in the percentage of piglets born dead. It is now quite common to see an average stillbirth rate of 1.0 piglets per litt...
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News published on July 18, 2008:

Intelligent farrowing pen on the way

Scientists aim to reduce piglet mortality by developing a new type of climate control and monitoring in farrowing pens. The result could be improved pig welfare and farmer finances. For a newborn piglet, slippi...
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Univ. of Aarhus - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
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News published on January 31, 2005:

Int’l - The Benefits of Planned Farrowing

Planned farrowing is a highly effective method of improving breeding and production flow on the pig unit. The key to any successful breeding unit is to firstly produce the greatest number of pigs born alive and...
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Schering-Plough Animal Health
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News published on January 7, 2005:

USA - Farrowing Caretaker Interest Group Offered in January and February

A Farrowing Caretaker Interest Group formed in January and February will help people who work in the farrowing area of any pork producing operation improve skills critical for farrowing success. The interest...
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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News published on January 6, 2005:

North America - Pig imports swell as U.S., Canada 'integrate'

A “largely integrated” North American hog industry had the U.S. importing about 8 percent of the hogs it slaughtered in 2004 from Canada. Imports of about 8 million Canadian hogs this past year represent an ...
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Farm Week
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News published on October 27, 2004:

USA - Illinois Farrowing Conference set for Dec. 8

An Illinois Farrowing Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the University of Illinois Extension Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. This program will focus on the delive...
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Illinois Ag Connection
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