Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en Emerging evidence expands industry’s understanding of the true impact of heat stress http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-health/emerging-evidence-expands-industry-s-understanding-true-impact-heat-stress <div class="field-byline"> By Michelle Rhoads, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University assistant professor in Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, and Tim Safranski, University of Missouri professor in Animal Sciences Department </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When females gestate through the heat of summer, the environmental stress reduces productivity in several ways. Researchers and producers have known for decades that the pregnant gilt or sow is directly affected by heat stress, but what may come as a surprise is that unborn offspring are also affected by gestational heat stress. </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-health/emerging-evidence-expands-industry-s-understanding-true-impact-heat-stress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-health/emerging-evidence-expands-industry-s-understanding-true-impact-heat-stress#comments Animal Health Food Animal Report Reproduction Reproduction Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:11:00 +0000 71491 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Research shows gestational heat stress results in differences in behavior, feed intake and growth, and affects the nutrient composition of milk produced by gilts.&nbsp;</p> SONGQIUJU/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK Large litter size vs. low average birth weight — it’s a production trade-off http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-health/large-litter-size-vs-low-average-birth-weight-it-s-production-trade <div class="field-byline"> By Jenny Patterson and George Foxcroft, Swine Research &amp; Technology Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Within a commercial multiplication program, the lower litter birth weight phenotype presents an additional risk, as this phenotype is a repeatable trait in a sow's productivity life, and the sow passes on these traits to her progeny.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-health/large-litter-size-vs-low-average-birth-weight-it-s-production-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-health/large-litter-size-vs-low-average-birth-weight-it-s-production-trade#comments Animal Health Food Animal Report Reproduction Herd management Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:49:00 +0000 71401 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Low average birth weight and a larger birth weight variation within a litter are results of striving to achieve larger litter size.</p> Getty Images Effective selection of gilts is primary driver for sow herd productivity http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/effective-selection-gilts-primary-driver-sow-herd-productivity <div class="field-byline"> By George Foxcroft and Jenny Patterson, Swine Research and Technology Centre, University of Alberta </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An investment in effective GDU management sets up a supply of high-quality breeding-eligible gilts that lays the foundation for good breeding herd performance.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/effective-selection-gilts-primary-driver-sow-herd-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/effective-selection-gilts-primary-driver-sow-herd-productivity#comments Business Food Animal Report Reproduction Marketing Blueprint Sow Productivity Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:06:00 +0000 71281 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Pork Board Record supplies and low prices, but some solidity? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/record-supplies-and-low-prices-some-solidity <div class="node-body article-body">Steady hog weights have been one factor in the cutout value finding some solid ground in the low-$70s during October and now into November. </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/record-supplies-and-low-prices-some-solidity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/record-supplies-and-low-prices-some-solidity#comments Business Food Animal Report Livestock Facilities Reproduction Marketing Tue, 08 Nov 2016 01:02:00 +0000 71131 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Pork Board Hog producers can take steps to survive in low markets http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/hog-producers-can-take-steps-survive-low-markets <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem, Mark Rix and Valerie Duttlinger, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Producers can take steps all along in their hog production system to help them survive in a downward cycle in the hog market.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/hog-producers-can-take-steps-survive-low-markets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/hog-producers-can-take-steps-survive-low-markets#comments Animal Health Business Food Animal Report Livestock Facilities Nutrition Reproduction Marketing Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:10:00 +0000 71101 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Pork Board Batch farrowing interest grows with demand for larger groups of weaned pigs http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/batch-farrowing-interest-grows-demand-larger-groups-weaned-pigs <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="field-deck"> (Second in a two-part series) </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The demand for larger groups of weaned pigs to go into larger finisher sites and buildings appears to be one of the drivers for producers going toward batch farrowing.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/batch-farrowing-interest-grows-demand-larger-groups-weaned-pigs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/batch-farrowing-interest-grows-demand-larger-groups-weaned-pigs#comments Business Food Animal Report Livestock Facilities Reproduction Farm Operations Marketing Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:38:00 +0000 70551 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Getty Images/Carsten Koall USDA Hogs & Pigs: A very tough fall is coming http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/usda-hogs-pigs-very-tough-fall-coming <div class="node-body article-body">So what should you make of this report? It means trouble. My long-standing, often shrill warning about packing capacity is coming true. Fourth quarter slaughter will run at capacity from early November onward and will be above capacity for several weeks in December. </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/usda-hogs-pigs-very-tough-fall-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/usda-hogs-pigs-very-tough-fall-coming#comments Business Food Animal Report Livestock Facilities Reproduction Marketing Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:44:00 +0000 70371 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Hog Farmer File Photo New Fashion Pork selects Nedap ESF in Gap 1 sow facility http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-fashion-pork-selects-nedap-esf-gap-1-sow-facility <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>New Fashion Pork has selected the Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding system for its new facility near Thorp, Wis. The 1,400-sow operation has been certified Step 1 by Global Animal Partnership, an organization dedicated to supporting animal comfort in agriculture.</p></div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-fashion-pork-selects-nedap-esf-gap-1-sow-facility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Animal Welfare Reproduction Marketing Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000 70201 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Are you thinking about switching to batch farrowing? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/are-you-thinking-about-switching-batch-farrowing <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="field-deck"> (First in a two-part series) </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Batch farrowing fills the want of larger numbers of pigs allowing for filling a single nursery, finisher or wean-to-finish site within a few days with similar-aged pigs so the site can be operated all in-all out. This helps to improve overall health of the pigs, reducing exposure of the site to multiple sources of pigs.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/are-you-thinking-about-switching-batch-farrowing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/are-you-thinking-about-switching-batch-farrowing#comments Animal Health Business Livestock Facilities Animal Welfare Reproduction Marketing Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:06:00 +0000 69911 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com PEAK Swine Genetics Inc. and Topigs Norsvin Canada Inc. announce strategic alliance http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/peak-swine-genetics-inc-and-topigs-norsvin-canada-inc-announce-strategic-alliance <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>PEAK Swine Genetics Inc. and Topigs Norsvin Canada Inc., after several months of negotiation, have reached a strategic alliance agreement. This agreement will allow PEAK Swine Genetics to participate in the world-class genetics program of Topigs Norsvin. Topigs Norsvin will also bring sales and support staff to the customer base of PEAK Swine Genetics.</p></div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/peak-swine-genetics-inc-and-topigs-norsvin-canada-inc-announce-strategic-alliance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Reproduction Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:26:39 +0000 69831 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com