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Starting a pig farm

What is the ratio boar:sows in the early beginning of a swine production? Thank you for your answers.

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January 8, 2004
I'm not sure if there is any actual ratio, we have two boars to service fifteen sows and they seem to be doing the job fairly well. The right ratio is not nearly as important understanding and identifying heats and timing the breeding sessions properly.
January 8, 2004
If you are going to breed with boars, a boar needs time to rest between services. A mature boar can do 1 sow a day; a young boar should only do about 3-4 sows a week.
January 9, 2004
Boar to sow ratio depends on how many times you are breeding the sow? Two services, three services? The main thing to remember is if you use the boar Monday don't use him Tuesday, let him rest and get his sperm count back up. Use him Wednesday let him rest Thursday, and so forth. If you do this, you total born alive will should be around 11 pigs per sow. But of course that depends on different factors such as: the genetics that you are using, the timing of insemination of the sow and things to that nature.
January 9, 2004
We in our Farm, are serving 156 sows, with 7 well selected boars, and the result are satisfactory. In better economical enviroment for the Hungarian pig industry as today, with buying prices under 0,8 €, we were serving more than 180 sows, with this 7 boars, but that was the upper limit. But you got to have in consideration that, we are keeping a pure breed mother line and an F-1 mixed end product line.
January 10, 2004
I would agree with Mike if you were going to use these boars for AI. If you are going to natural mate then only one day rest is good enough for a mature boar, because even on a bad day he is going to deliver a lot more semen than any AI would.
September 4, 2004
Starting a pig farm -With good stress negative sows and then a good Belgium Pietrain. For die maximun wachstum und mager fleisch.

Max Schilders
Belgien Pietrain zucht.
April 9, 2008
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