Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en Succeed in tough times with eyes on costs and hog herd health http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/succeed-tough-times-eyes-costs-and-hog-herd-health <div class="field-byline"> Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Veterinary experts provide goals and insights to boost profits in today’s market </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cost of production and herd health should always be top-of-mind for hog producers, but more so as market prices turn south.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/succeed-tough-times-eyes-costs-and-hog-herd-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/succeed-tough-times-eyes-costs-and-hog-herd-health#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:53:00 +0000 58181 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Investigating group sow housing http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/investigating-group-sow-housing <div class="node-body blog-body">Group sow housing is getting continued interest as consumers and retailers demand specifics practices of how their food is raised.</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/investigating-group-sow-housing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/investigating-group-sow-housing#comments Animal Well-Being Facilities Reproduction National Hog Farmer Blog Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:55:00 +0000 57801 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Up-to-date records key to farm’s future performance http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/date-records-key-farm-s-future-performance <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Breeding performance is the key driver to the farm’s future performance, making it critical that you know the number of females mated to make sure your farm is making its weekly breeding target.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/date-records-key-farm-s-future-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/date-records-key-farm-s-future-performance#comments Animal Well-Being Business Marketing Reproduction Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:16:00 +0000 57681 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Are you looking at your grower closeouts? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/are-you-looking-your-grower-closeouts <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, NE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Benchmarking sow farms is easy to do compared to benchmarking nursery, finishing and wean-to-finish closeouts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/are-you-looking-your-grower-closeouts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/are-you-looking-your-grower-closeouts#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Reproduction Mon, 04 May 2015 16:31:00 +0000 56481 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Growth and nutrition effects on gilt development http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/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/nutrition/growth-and-nutrition-effects-gilt-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/growth-and-nutrition-effects-gilt-development#comments Animal Well-Being Nutrition Reproduction Sow Management Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:16:00 +0000 55811 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 Nutrition Reproduction Sow Management Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:10:00 +0000 55931 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 Facilities Reproduction Sow Management Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:59:00 +0000 55821 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 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 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 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:49:00 +0000 55831 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com