Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en Pig calculations that change based on when gilts are entered into the record program http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/pig-calculations-change-based-when-gilts-are-entered-record-program <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Variations in hog production numbers generated by various programs are dependent upon what data are entered, as well as the timing of that entry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/pig-calculations-change-based-when-gilts-are-entered-record-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/pig-calculations-change-based-when-gilts-are-entered-record-program#comments Animal Well-Being Business Marketing Reproduction Sow Productivity Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:57:00 +0000 60151 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Full circle of pork http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/full-circle-pork <div class="node-body blog-body">People attending state fairs can reconnect with a possible agriculture past, or perhaps get connected to where their food originates.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/full-circle-pork" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/full-circle-pork#comments Animal Well-Being Business Marketing Nutrition Reproduction National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:16:00 +0000 60141 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Balanced parity structure adds dollars to hog producers’ pockets http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/balanced-parity-structure-adds-dollars-hog-producers-pockets <div class="field-byline"> Source: Purina Animal Nutrition </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. hog producers are leaving a lot of money on the table by culling sows out of the herd too early. Sows beyond parity 3 and 4 have met their breakeven point and start generating profit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/balanced-parity-structure-adds-dollars-hog-producers-pockets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/balanced-parity-structure-adds-dollars-hog-producers-pockets#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:48:00 +0000 60091 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Minimizing heat stress impact on breeding stock's performance http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/minimizing-heat-stress-impact-breeding-stocks-performance <div class="node-body article-body">The hot days of summer can have significant impact on productivity and health of all pigs as elevated temperatures often reduce the fertility of gilts, sows and boars. Research has shown that females have a prolonged return to estrus or fails to return to estrus after weaning, reducing conception rates.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/minimizing-heat-stress-impact-breeding-stocks-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/minimizing-heat-stress-impact-breeding-stocks-performance#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Reproduction Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:58:00 +0000 60041 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Effects of gestational heat stress linger for generations http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/effects-gestational-heat-stress-linger-generations <div class="node-body article-body">Heat stress suffered while gilts are in gestation has long-lasting effects on the performance of the gilts themselves, but also the performance of their offspring, and even further down in the gilts’ lineage.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/effects-gestational-heat-stress-linger-generations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/effects-gestational-heat-stress-linger-generations#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Health Reproduction Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:56:00 +0000 59841 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Third of four in Pork Checkoff webinar series on Tuesday http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/third-four-pork-checkoff-webinar-series-tuesday <div class="field-byline"> Source: Pork Checkoff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hog producers have two more opportunities to take in the Pork Checkoff’s webinar series “Assessing and Understanding the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity” with Tuesday’s installment presented by Virginia Tech's Shelly Rhoads.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/third-four-pork-checkoff-webinar-series-tuesday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/third-four-pork-checkoff-webinar-series-tuesday#comments Environment Food Animal Report Facilities Health Marketing Reproduction Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:40:00 +0000 59731 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Heat stress impact on subsequent growth and reproduction of offspring http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/heat-stress-impact-subsequent-growth-and-reproduction-offspring <div class="node-body article-body">All hog farms experience seasonal productivity lag and poorer reproductive performance during the hot days of summer. Heat stress can reduce feed intake, growth rate and reproductive performance. While swine herds of all sizes and stages of production are adversely affected by seasonal variation temperature, little tools are available to mitigate the impact. Therefore, the NPB has invested in research projects to lessen seasonal productivity lags.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/heat-stress-impact-subsequent-growth-and-reproduction-offspring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/heat-stress-impact-subsequent-growth-and-reproduction-offspring#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Reproduction Reproduction Sow Productivity Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:45:00 +0000 59651 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Getty Images/Tanneau Take care to acclimate gilts http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/take-care-acclimate-gilts <div class="field-byline"> By Bill Minton, Four Star Veterinary Service LLC, Chickasaw, Ohio </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One area of animal management that is often overlooked is how to introduce replacement animals into the herd without disturbing the “status quo” of the existing population. Contrary to previous assumptions, gilt introduction plays a vital role in overall herd stability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/take-care-acclimate-gilts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/take-care-acclimate-gilts#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Reproduction Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:06:00 +0000 59601 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Clarifying confusing pig calculations http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/clarifying-confusing-pig-calculations <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Calculating sow productivity can be confusing, based on the various formulas used by the different sow record programs. Swine Management Services explains how they reach the numbers in their database.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/clarifying-confusing-pig-calculations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/clarifying-confusing-pig-calculations#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Reproduction Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:42:00 +0000 59451 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Heat stress causes hog producers to sweat http://nationalhogfarmer.com/food-animal-report/heat-stress-causes-hog-producers-sweat <div class="node-body article-body">Sweltering heat of summer can have a large impact on the U.S. hog industry. Though the hogs themselves do not sweat, the producers will as heat stress makes a large economic dent in productivity.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/food-animal-report/heat-stress-causes-hog-producers-sweat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/food-animal-report/heat-stress-causes-hog-producers-sweat#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Health Nutrition Reproduction Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:29:00 +0000 59431 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com