Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en Blueprint: Sow potential productivity captured for life http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-sow-potential-productivity-captured-life <div class="field-byline"> By George Foxcroft, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Swine Reproductive Physiology Professor Emeritus </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Improvements in sow lifetime productivity will require the ongoing development of dam-lines best suited to specific production systems and marketing opportunities. Appropriate lifetime management of the gilt and sow is then needed to capture this genetic potential at production level.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-sow-potential-productivity-captured-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-sow-potential-productivity-captured-life#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Sow Management Sow Productivity Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:45:00 +0000 56071 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Focus on sow productivity http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/focus-sow-productivity <div class="field-byline"> Source: National Pork Board </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sow lifetime productivity can be defined as the total number of quality pigs a sow weans from the time she becomes breeding eligible until she is removed from the herd. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/focus-sow-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/focus-sow-productivity#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Sow Management Sow Productivity Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:27:00 +0000 56061 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Building structure for late-parity sows http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/building-structure-late-parity-sows <div class="field-byline"> By Joe Stock and Ken Stalder, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sows removed from the breeding herd for reproductive failure, may indeed be suffering from structural issues. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/building-structure-late-parity-sows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/building-structure-late-parity-sows#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Reproduction Sow Management Sow Productivity Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:30:00 +0000 55951 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com First lactation management http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/first-lactation-management <div class="field-byline"> By Nathalie L. Trottier, Michigan State University Department of Animal Science Associate Professor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Preparing the gilt well for a successful first lactation will impact lactation performance in subsequent parities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/first-lactation-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/first-lactation-management#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Sow Management Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:10:00 +0000 55931 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Management of the gilt for breeding and in first gestation for longevity http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/management-gilt-breeding-and-first-gestation-longevity <div class="field-byline"> By Rob Knox, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; and Jenny Patterson and George Foxcroft, Swine Research and Technology Center, University of Alberta, Edmonton </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Herd parity distribution results from the frequency of retention and removals following entry, with an ideal and actual parity structure that often differ in the sows retained into the later parities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/management-gilt-breeding-and-first-gestation-longevity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/management-gilt-breeding-and-first-gestation-longevity#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Sow Management Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:49:00 +0000 55831 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Does floor space allowance during rearing impact future reproduction? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/does-floor-space-allowance-during-rearing-impact-future-reproduction <div class="field-byline"> By Mark J. Estienne and Stuart R. Callahan, Virginia Tech- Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Suffolk and Jason W. Ross, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science, Ames, Iowa </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Adequate floor spacing plays a role in the overall health of your gilt herd.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/does-floor-space-allowance-during-rearing-impact-future-reproduction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/does-floor-space-allowance-during-rearing-impact-future-reproduction#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Sow Management Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:59:00 +0000 55821 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Growth and nutrition effects on gilt development http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/growth-and-nutrition-effects-gilt-development <div class="field-byline"> By JL Vallet, USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Growth and development affects not only a gilt’s ability to reach puberty, it also likely affects their reproductive performance through later parities and their physical soundness as they age.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/growth-and-nutrition-effects-gilt-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/growth-and-nutrition-effects-gilt-development#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Sow Management Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:16:00 +0000 55811 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Birth weight, neonatal management and sow longevity potential http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/birth-weight-neonatal-management-and-sow-longevity-potential <div class="field-byline"> By Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University Department of Animal Science; Jeff Vallet, USDA-ARS Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.; and Joe Cassady, South Dakota State University Department of Animal and Range Science </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When a replacement gilt is born, the producer isn't thinking how long she will remain in the herd. Instead, the immediate concern is to get her to survive until weaning. Nevertheless, much of the reproductive potential that she will possess as an adult is already in place at birth.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/birth-weight-neonatal-management-and-sow-longevity-potential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/birth-weight-neonatal-management-and-sow-longevity-potential#comments Animal Well-Being Reproduction Sow Management Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:40:00 +0000 55801 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Differences in pre-weaning mortality calculations http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/differences-pre-weaning-mortality-calculations <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Accurate pre-weaning mortality numbers lead to a better understanding of your farm's production efficiency.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/differences-pre-weaning-mortality-calculations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/differences-pre-weaning-mortality-calculations#comments Animal Well-Being Business Marketing Reproduction Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:17:00 +0000 55581 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Last trimester nutritional needs of sows lead to more productivity http://nationalhogfarmer.com/health/last-trimester-nutritional-needs-sows-lead-more-productivity <div class="field-byline"> Source: South Dakota State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fulfilling a sow’s increased nutritional needs in the last trimester may lead to greater productivity for both the mother and her piglets.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/health/last-trimester-nutritional-needs-sows-lead-more-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/health/last-trimester-nutritional-needs-sows-lead-more-productivity#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Nutrition Reproduction Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:03:00 +0000 55161 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>South Dakota State University doctoral student Agatha Ampaire and assistant professor Crystal Levesque hold three-week-old piglets that are approximately 10 pounds each. Through a pilot project, they are comparing bump feed and phase feeding of sow in gestations to evaluate whether a diet specially formulated for changing gestational needs will improve performance of the sow and her offspring.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Submitted