This is one of the parameters that must be established between producers and the meat industry as it affects food safety, animal welfare and meat quality.
The article explains how to manage nurse sows in 3-week batch farrowing systems with a practical example.
We are all well aware of how important it is to have a correct replacement rate, BUT are we aware of the importance and costs related to staff turnover?
You can use old wicker baskets, builder’s buckets, etc., but I will now show you a syringe carrier at zero cost made with recycled materials.
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Sometimes, when working on the farm, we have to get up close to the sow to check its card in order to know its productive cycle. Or, whilst carrying piglets to be fostered, we ask ourselves, will that sow be a second parity one?
Lifting partitions in the farrowing unit allows piglets from different litters to mix, sharing teats and socializing.
When productivity decreases, but productive efficiency is maintained...
There are many types of boot racks in the market, but we can build one ourselves with something available on any farm: a pallet.