Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en Are Livestock Births the Latest Reality Entertainment Trend? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/are-livestock-births-latest-reality-entertainment-trend <div class="field-byline"> Source: Animal Planet </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Throughout the Labor Day weekend, live animal births from the Nebraska State Fair will be broadcast as they happen via the LABOR LIVE Cam on Animal Planet L!VE.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/are-livestock-births-latest-reality-entertainment-trend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/are-livestock-births-latest-reality-entertainment-trend#comments Food Animal Report Reproduction Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:25:00 +0000 50471 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com PIC Announces Relationship Based Genomic Selection to Crossbred Products http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/pic-announces-relationship-based-genomic-selection-crossbred-products <div class="field-byline"> Source: PIC </div> <div class="node-body article-body">PIC announces that it will implement Relationship Based Genomic Selection in all crossbred boar products, effective August, 2014</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/pic-announces-relationship-based-genomic-selection-crossbred-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/pic-announces-relationship-based-genomic-selection-crossbred-products#comments Food Animal Report Reproduction Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:12:00 +0000 49581 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Is There a Sweet Spot for Weaning Age? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/there-sweet-spot-weaning-age <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, NE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you want to increase the total number of pigs born, just changing weaning age will have little influence. It tells us that there are many other factors that influence total born. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/there-sweet-spot-weaning-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/there-sweet-spot-weaning-age#comments Reproduction Sow Productivity Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:36:00 +0000 49201 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>If you want to increase the total number of pigs born, just changing weaning age will have little influence. It tells us that there are many other factors that influence total born.</p> <em>Dennis Doyle/Getty Images</em> 12 Reasons Why You Should Consider 24/7 Farrowing Care http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/12-reasons-why-you-should-consider-247-farrowing-care <div class="field-byline"> By Larry Coleman, DVM, Broken Bow, NE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I recently asked National Hog Farmer readers to consider the possibility of instituting 24/7 sow and piglet care in an article entitled, “Ultimate Swine Leadership Challenge" (National Hog Farmer, February 15, 2014). I indicated that successful implementation of a 24/7 farrowing care system is actually a leadership challenge rather than simply a financial decision. However, I neglected to give many of the reasons why I believe that 24/7 farrowing care is so advantageous to modern swine production. It’s time to remedy that by providing some additional information. Here are my ‘Top Twelve’ reasons why producers should consider implementing 24/7 farrowing care.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/12-reasons-why-you-should-consider-247-farrowing-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/12-reasons-why-you-should-consider-247-farrowing-care#comments Reproduction Sow Productivity Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:31:00 +0000 48591 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Cargill Announces 2015 Group Housing Goal http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/cargill-announces-2015-group-housing-goal <div class="field-byline"> Source: Cargill </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cargill recently issued a statement indicating that sows in its company-owned facilities will be 100 percent group housed by the end of calendar 2015. Contract hog farms that contain Cargill-owned sows will transition to 100 percent group housing by the end of calendar 2017. The hogs produced by Cargill-owned sows represent approximately 30 percent of the total hogs harvested annually at the company’s two pork processing facilities in Illinois and Iowa. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/cargill-announces-2015-group-housing-goal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/cargill-announces-2015-group-housing-goal#comments Reproduction Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:31:00 +0000 48731 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com May 20 Symposium Addresses Impacts of Increased Litter Size, Environment on Pig Quality http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/may-20-symposium-addresses-impacts-increased-litter-size-environment-pig-quality <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Animal Science </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On May 20th, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Animal Science and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center will co-host a symposium entitled, "Increased Litter Size and Environmental Effects of Pig Quality."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/may-20-symposium-addresses-impacts-increased-litter-size-environment-pig-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/may-20-symposium-addresses-impacts-increased-litter-size-environment-pig-quality#comments Business Food Animal Report Reproduction Sow Productivity Fri, 16 May 2014 16:32:00 +0000 48161 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Immunoglobulin is Important Benefit of Swine Colostrum in PEDV Battle http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/immunoglobulin-important-benefit-swine-colostrum-pedv-battle <div class="field-byline"> Source: South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The recent outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) reinforces the importance of immunoglobulins in swine colostrum to newborn pigs. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/immunoglobulin-important-benefit-swine-colostrum-pedv-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/immunoglobulin-important-benefit-swine-colostrum-pedv-battle#comments Business Food Animal Report Reproduction Sow Productivity Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 46941 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com High and Low Sow Longevity http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/high-and-low-sow-longevity <div class="field-byline"> By Billy Flowers, Department of Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC </div> <div class="node-body article-body">High replacement rates for first- (P1) and second-parity (P2) sows have skewed current parity structures on most sow farms towards younger, less productive females. As a result, herd productivity is being limited because females are culled before they reach their peak periods of reproductive performance.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/high-and-low-sow-longevity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/high-and-low-sow-longevity#comments Business Reproduction Sow Productivity Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:52:00 +0000 45781 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Sow Lifetime Productivity Project Gains Traction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/sow-lifetime-productivity-project-gains-traction <div class="field-byline"> By Joe Vansickle </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When the pork checkoff’s Sow Lifetime Productivity (SLP) project kicked off in the mid-2000s, the effort admittedly languished for a few years until it was given solid direction in 2010. “When staff reviewed the research programs, it was decided that there should be a research project that reached across all disciplines within science and technology,” says Chris Hostetler, director of animal science for the National Pork Board. The focus was set on the two driving factors that define SLP: • How long the sow stays in the herd • How many pigs she weans during that time</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/sow-lifetime-productivity-project-gains-traction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/sow-lifetime-productivity-project-gains-traction#comments Business Reproduction Sow Productivity Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:15:00 +0000 45771 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Impact of Sow Feeding on Pig Birth Weights http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/impact-sow-feeding-pig-birth-weights <div class="field-byline"> By Laura Greiner </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The average number of pigs born per sow has increased steadily over the years. As sows continue to increase the total born, the total litter weight rises — however, not at the same proportion as the number of pigs born. Therefore, the average birth weight has a tendency to be lowered with larger litters. Data demonstrate that lower birth weight pigs have a higher chance of piglet pre-weaning mortality. Lower birth weight pigs are also delayed when it comes to days needed to reach market weight. In response to the concern of birth weights, nutritionists and reproduction specialists have been investigating ways to improve birth weights through sow feeding programs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/impact-sow-feeding-pig-birth-weights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/impact-sow-feeding-pig-birth-weights#comments Business Reproduction Sow Productivity Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:04:00 +0000 45751 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com