Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en Does Gestation Length Affect Wean-to-First-Service Interval? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/does-gestation-length-affect-wean-first-service-interval <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, NE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To continue looking at the effect of gestation length on production numbers we will end the year looking to see if wean-to-first service interval is influenced by the previous gestation length of the sow. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/does-gestation-length-affect-wean-first-service-interval" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/does-gestation-length-affect-wean-first-service-interval#comments Business Health Reproduction Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:56:00 +0000 52731 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Photo courtesy of the National Pork Board. Fixing the Hole in the Bottom of the Bucket http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/fixing-hole-bottom-bucket <div class="field-byline"> By Larry Coleman, DVM, Broken Bow, NE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Arguably, with the exception of catastrophic disease outbreaks, the best opportunity we in the swine industry have to prevent piglet losses is the time between the start of birthing and weaning. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/fixing-hole-bottom-bucket" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/fixing-hole-bottom-bucket#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Reproduction Sow Productivity Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:09:00 +0000 52641 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Genetics Start of a Good Sow Herd http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/genetics-start-good-sow-herd <div class="node-body article-body">There are many factors that play into the productivity and health of your sow herd, but a lot of those other factors will mean little if you start with poor sow genetics.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/genetics-start-good-sow-herd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/genetics-start-good-sow-herd#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Nutrition Reproduction Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:52:00 +0000 52631 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Total Born and Stillborn by Parity and Gestation Length http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/total-born-and-stillborn-parity-and-gestation-length <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, NE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As total born for the industry has improved the last few years and that average gestation length for some of the genetic companies has gone up with the total born being the higher for sows that gestate 112-114 days. If you are going to be doing any inducing of sows you need to know the range in gestation length as well as the average at your farm in order to know the best time to induce sows at your farm.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/total-born-and-stillborn-parity-and-gestation-length" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/total-born-and-stillborn-parity-and-gestation-length#comments Business Reproduction Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:51:00 +0000 52101 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 8th International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation Comes to Illinois in 2015 http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/8th-international-conference-boar-semen-preservation-comes-illinois-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">The International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation will be held Aug. 9-12, 2015, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/8th-international-conference-boar-semen-preservation-comes-illinois-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/8th-international-conference-boar-semen-preservation-comes-illinois-2015#comments Food Animal Report Reproduction Sow Productivity Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:40:00 +0000 52041 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 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