It is important to evaluate replacement gilts carefully for good conformation and structural soundness. This photo gallery is based on the popular National Hog Farmer educational poster illustrating conformation and structural soundness guidelines for replacement gilts.
Sow body condition scoring is more important than ever as producers move toward putting sows in groups as part of a move toward more pen gestation systems. In order to effectively assign subjective (visual) body condition scores, sows should be analyzed and scored early in gestation. It is critical to understand the points of evaluation on the animal and to be able to distinguish between fat and muscle.