Although piglet birth weight is the most influential factor affecting piglet survival other behavioral factors such as vitality and vigor of piglets at birth contribute to the overall likelihood of the offspring surviving.
Sows inseminated with encapsulated semen had more sperm cells concentration at the site of fertilization.
Encapsulation allows to reduce the dose per sow and a sequential release of sperm.
Thanks to the combination of a decrease in the number of stillborn and an almost 30% decrease of preweaning mortality (down to 10.2%), the ultimate goal is finally achieved: to wean an additional piglet per sow.
As you probably know, the name pig333 web comes from the length of the sow's gestation, which is "3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days". This paper proposes the necessity to review the length of gestation on our farm.
These tests have several practical applications, as the detection of boars that are linked to the appearance of hernias or the susceptibility towards certain enteric diseases or even syndromes like the PFTS.
We should be cautious when setting the number of sperm per insemination dose, so the urge to reduce it does not make us use a number that is under the fertility threshold. Something that may be productive and/or profitable for a certain farm may not be so for another farm.
The procedure is simple, quick and well tolerated by the recipient sows.