Pig reproduction and summer are not good friends, Heat comes, daylight hours drop, fertility decreases and the vets come across more reproductive pathology than during the rest of the year. Why doing always the same does not always yield the same result?
It is not only related to NPDs, but it can also have a greater impact than we first thought.
Despite its many limitations, outdoor farming is a different way of approaching pig production and it does have some management routines which should make us reflect when we tackle management and design of indoor farms.
How to increase water consumption in piglets during the 2 to 3 days period after weaning using the piglet’s natural curiosity.
Administer long-acting oxytocin to sows that have started farrowing to milk them more easily.
The idea is to avoid semen backflow when we leave a catheter without its cap inside the sow for some minutes after AI.
The two measures studied would allow to reduce liveweight variability at slaughter by 10-15%.