Administer long-acting oxytocin to sows that have started farrowing to milk them more easily.
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The shorter and lower dose regime saves money but there is an increased risk of follicular cyst development, which may occur at doses below 13mg/day.
This article explains how the massive use of hormones helps synchronize heats and farrowings when workload scheduling, synchronization and production rates stability are priorities.
A strict schedule allows us to concentrate all the important events, and time periods where more attention/work is required, within the working days.
Apple juice is the favourite kind of juice for the sows during the training sessions.
What if we were to wean on Friday and were able to block farrowings for 2 days? The bulk of farrowings would be concentrated on Monday.
20 years ago, when gilts were serviced at little more than 100kg’s, we observed a steep drop in productivity in the second cycle and the sows were never able to reach their maximum potential. Nowadays we have learned to mate prepared gilts, but in many cases we continue to see the second cycle syndrome.
In the last chapter on hormone management we looked at the advantages of “a la carte” altrenogest treatment as opposed to the 18 day treatment used to program gilts. However, the most complicated part of “a la carte” management is finding a simple heat registration system, where we can comfortably identify when we should start the administration of altrenogest.