Understanding potential causes of lameness can help reduce the levels of lameness in the breeding herd and thus improve farm productivity and sow welfare.
The most direct strategy to decrease the concentration in the air of airborne pathogens is dust reduction. This article describes the use of a particle ionization system called EPI.
From 1977 through 2013 the dressed slaughter weight for barrows and gilts has increased an average of 0.6 kg (1.3 lb) per year.
Managing the pig’s environment with the goal of heat removal is an increasing need, especially when pens are more crowded.
This article suggests some solutions to the main problems encountered in pregnancies with group housing.
The two main factors that make that certain farms have not been successful adapting to the animal welfare regulations are design and handling/management.
Lameness is the second most common cause for the culling of sows.
This study demonstrates the added profitability that air filtration can give to sow farms located in highly dense swine regions. However, it is important to point out that these figures are long term averages and not necessarily predictors for individual herds.