The article explains how to manage nurse sows in 3-week batch farrowing systems with a practical example.
PigCHAMP Pro Europa, SL. Spain
She was born in Alcalá la Real (Jaén) in 1985. She is the daughter of pig farmers, and she graduated in Veterinary Medicine/Science from the University of Córdoba in 2008, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Animal Husbandry and Sustainable Stockbreeding in 2009. In year 2010 she started working in the R+D Department at PigCHAMP Pro Europa, S.L., and a year later she began with training activities occasionally.
In 2013 she became part of the Veterinary Service of the company, while still carrying out the training activities, which she performs during the entirety of her working schedule, since January 2014.
Updated CV 03-Mar-2014
This second part deals with the problems caused by not recording properly the cause of abortions, sows and piglets deaths, nurse sows and hormonal treatments.
This first part deals with backward and impossible data, i.e. the sows that are no longer in the farm but still appear both in the management softwatre and the 100% delivery rates in gilts.
The number of sows that suffer some kind of leg injury is much higher than is apparent, and even more so in second farrowings.
Apparently, lameness problems amount to just 5% of the causes for sending pigs to slaughter...
The month of the sow's birth affects the number of piglets born alive in the first farrowing.
We can predict a sow's production based on the number of piglets born alive at first farrowing. In addition, the best sows' performance will outdo the others' continuously.