Traditional culling policies have a threshold number of farrowings after which sows are culled —after weaning. But, what would happen if this policy were to be modified to actually consider the performance of each sow?
PigCHAMP Pro Europa. Spain
Born in Segovia in 1976, Maria became a licensed veterinarian in 1999 with a degree from UCM, and in 2000 she began working at the Proinserga R+D Department. She then moved on to PigCHAMP Pro Europa, S.L. in November of 2000.
Since then she has worked on company management and data analysis, developing protocols for the department such as data collection, data introduction, farm management, production data analysis and consulting, presentations and papers in both international and national congresses and conventions, writing articles for different magazines and websites, as well as sales work, customer service, and personnel training. She is currently the director of the department.
Updated CV 16-May-2012
Minimizing sow losses in the initial cycles has three positive effects for the economic efficiency of the farm
Sows with more than 16 piglets Total Born (TB) per litter have twice as many stillbirths (SB) as those with 13 to 16 TB litters, and three times more SB than sows farrowing litters smaller than 13 TB.
This article discusses 4-week batch farrowing (4WBF), very common in small farms (250 sows) in some other countries, including France. Analysis will be based on a comparison with 3-week batch farrowing (3WBF).
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.