Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en 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 Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Reproduction 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 Transitioning staff to pen gestation http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/transitioning-staff-pen-gestation <div class="node-body article-body">When making the transition from individual stalls to group housing, communication and preparation are quintessential to success.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/transitioning-staff-pen-gestation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/transitioning-staff-pen-gestation#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Reproduction Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:50:00 +0000 69211 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Before a farm transitions to group housing, it is best for all employees to mentally prepare that it will be different.</p> National Hog Farmer File Photo When are your piglets dying? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/when-are-your-piglets-dying-0 <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To get more pigs weaned per mated female per year you need to improve total born, and make changes to save more of them by extending farrowing hours, adding people to farrowing and improving Day 1 pig care.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/when-are-your-piglets-dying-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/when-are-your-piglets-dying-0#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Marketing Reproduction Mon, 08 Aug 2016 16:19:00 +0000 69171 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Getty Images Expansion: It’s all about the sows http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/expansion-it-s-all-about-sows <div class="node-body article-body">As new construction is taking place across the nation on America’s pig farms, pork producers are considering alternative sow housing models. How to house the sow is a major decision.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/expansion-it-s-all-about-sows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/expansion-it-s-all-about-sows#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Reproduction Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:31:00 +0000 69021 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Over the mountain: Advice from the other side of the group housing transition http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/over-mountain-advice-other-side-group-housing-transition <div class="field-byline"> By Ann Marie Ames, Filament Marketing </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Questions abound on the conversion to group sow housing. A World Pork Expo producer-to-producer panel of hog producers who have made the conversion answer some of those burning questions.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/over-mountain-advice-other-side-group-housing-transition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/over-mountain-advice-other-side-group-housing-transition#comments Animal Well-Being Business Facilities Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:08:00 +0000 68641 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Chelsea Allgier walks through a 275-sow group gestation pen at Jayce Mountain Pork in Fredericktown, Mo. The team at Jayce Mountain has learned sows in group gestation pens are less afraid of people than crate sows are. Workers can administer vaccines, do pregnancy checks and complete other tasks while the sows are in the group pens.</p> Submitted Swine Management Services announces Valerie Duttlinger as new team member http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/swine-management-services-announces-valerie-duttlinger-new-team-member <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>Swine Management Services is proud to announce the addition of Valerie Duttlinger to the SMS team. Duttlinger comes from a strong production and genetic background with experience in the United States as well as in Asia.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have worked with Valerie for several years and are excited to have her join our team. Valerie&rsquo;s wealth of knowledge in the swine industry strengthens SMS&rsquo;s commitment to being the leading provider of &lsquo;<em>information solutions to the swine industry,</em>&rsquo;&rdquo; says Ron Ketchem, owner at SMS.</p></div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/swine-management-services-announces-valerie-duttlinger-new-team-member" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal Well-Being Business Marketing Reproduction Thu, 14 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000 68591 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Pork Avenue Training Portal Take 5 training program http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/pork-avenue-training-portal-take-5-training-program <div class="node-body article-body">Pork Avenue Training Portal has over 50 innovative lessons with its Take 5 training program to meet your operation’s training needs.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/pork-avenue-training-portal-take-5-training-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/pork-avenue-training-portal-take-5-training-program#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Facilities Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Resources Fri, 08 Jul 2016 02:38:00 +0000 68501 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com New software manages audits, assessments and compliance processes http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-software-manages-audits-assessments-and-compliance-processes <div class="node-body article-body">MetaFarms Inc. developed Assurance — a comprehensive module specifically for managing audits, assessments and compliance processes for livestock production.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-software-manages-audits-assessments-and-compliance-processes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-software-manages-audits-assessments-and-compliance-processes#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Facilities Health Marketing Reproduction Fri, 08 Jul 2016 02:01:00 +0000 68481 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Lisa Butler,&nbsp;MetaFarms&nbsp;sales associate, passionately explains the attributes of the Assurance software.</p> Cheryl Day New Product Tour takes center stage at World Pork Expo http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-product-tour-takes-center-stage-world-pork-expo <div class="node-body article-body">Innovation is the backbone of the swine business, and it takes center stage at the World Pork Expo. The world’s largest pork-only trade show offers aisles of products, technologies and services for visitors from far and near to check out. For all pig farmers, one item on the “must see” list is the new products and innovations.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-product-tour-takes-center-stage-world-pork-expo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/new-product-tour-takes-center-stage-world-pork-expo#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Facilities Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:05:00 +0000 68431 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Wesley Lack (right) of Maximum Ag Technologies explains the Maximus positive pressure management system to the New Product Tour panel &mdash; (from left) Joseph Zulovich, Aaron Lower and Jason Ross.</p>