The boar is the most important part in genetically improving the sow herd since most swine producers select their herd replacements from their own gilts. The following are some important factors in correctly managing the boar:
The primary concern in a gilt growing program should be to select females with a large frame, good underlines, soundness of feet and legs and from sows with a good reproductive history. Here are a few points to consider with herd replacement:
Healthy sows in good body condition will produce large litters of fast-growing pigs. Here are some helpful hints in successful care of the sow herd.
Important nutrient requirements for a high lean breeding female are:
Body Wt. at Breeding
Meth & Cystine g/d
Daily Wt. Gain of Pigs
*Assumes 10 pigs per litter and 21-day lactation.
For additional recommendations, contact the MFA Swine Nutritionist.
Farrowing time is critical in getting pigs off to a fast, healthy start. There is no substitute for close attention during this time. Management actually begins about one week before the sow farrows. Good records with accurate breeding dates are essential in management during farrowing time.
The following are some feeding and management tips to follow:
The pig is very vulnerable to disease during the first four weeks of life. They get disease immunity from the sow's milk. The following are some tips to follow in getting pigs through their first few weeks alive and healthy.
Place baby pig creep feeders in crates. Put a small amount of MFA Muscle Pig I in the creep feeder 2-3 times each day to keep the feed fresh. Clean out the feeder daily.
Week Three (Weaning)
Feed is the largest expense of the growing and finishing phase of hog production and thus provides the greatest opportunity for a producer to reduce his production cost. However, do not cut quality of feed. This could result in longer days to market weight and more pounds of feed being fed. Poor quality feed can produce detrimental carcass effects.
Through research and on farm experience, MFA has developed nutritionally sound feeding programs for growing and finishing hogs. Here are management tips to follow.
Finishing hogs should be checked often for signs of disease.
Make sure feeders and waterers are adjusted so there's no waste but pigs can still get adequate amounts of both.
Select growing/finishing diets based upon what is optimum for your genetics.
Assure housing is adequate for the pigs.
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