Management Factors Associated with Sow Farrowing Rate

The objectives of this study were to determine associations between low farrowing rate and various management factors in sow herds.
calendar icon 3 June 2016
clock icon 2 minute read

In 30 sow herds, a management survey, breeding observations, semen evaluation, and semen storage temperature monitoring were completed.

Herds with an average farrowing rate of, 85% were classified as low farrowing rate herds while those with an average farrowing rate of $ 85% were classified as good farrowing rate herds.

Low farrowing rate herds were more likely than good farrowing rate herds to move boars into gilt pens for estrus detection, breed a high proportion of sows by artificial insemination (AI) only, start heat detection 3 d post-weaning, wipe the vulva prior to breeding, and use “hands-free” AI devices.

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