After checking that our farm loses days in the servicing of the gilts, the detection of empty sows housed in yards and the culling (sending of the sows to the abattoir), we propose a package of measures…
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
Let us see the case of a farm with 5 non-productive days more than the average of the farms with the same profile. Where are these days lost?
The results reveal that the stress that the sows due to excessive interventions around the moment of the farrowing causes a clear increase in the pre-weaning mortality.
We saw aggressiveness in the sows, and we suspected that it could have been caused by the handling around the moment of the farrowing. We decided to register and analyze the data relative to the handling in order to confirm our suspicions.
The farrowing interval is one of the production parameters more commonly used as an indicator of the production efficiency of a farm.
Which factors affect the WTSI? Among the factors with a biggest influence we have: inadequate intake during lactation, season of the year, and length of the lactation.
In order to keep the population of the different kinds of animals constant, the flows of pigs must be constant. This is, we must keep the production pace of the farm.
It's necessary to promote a standardization of the causes of the losses/cullings of the sows. Some rules on which this standardization can be based on are proposed.