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.
2012 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award-winning Reed Family Farms holds an annual Fourth of July picnic for their community, attracting upwards of 300 people for fun and games and a chance to learn more about pork production.
2012 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award-winning Dahl Family Farms uses cutting-edge technology to improve the environment for both people and pigs. "We don't want to be just another name on that abstract," Wayne says. "We want to leave a legacy.
2012 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award-winning Trail's End Sow Farm #2 is a large-scale sow farm surrounded by lush forages. The farm's approach to nutrient management helps provide habitat for wildlife while providing vegetative cover and haying opportunities.
2012 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award-winning Future View Farms is located just six miles south of Lancaster, PA. The public exposure motivates the Jeff and Sue Frey Family to keep the farm in tip-top shape. The family also uses every opportunity to teach people about pork production.