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Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines 2017: Section 3 Breeding and gestation

by 5m Editor
21 March 2018, at 12:00am

This section provides recommendations to realise superior reproductive performance. It also provides best practices on accomplishing a precise weekly breeding target which will help to establish a consistent pig flow downstream.

PIC have published 'Gilt and Sow Management Guidelines'. The guidelines provide recommendations for staff working at a commercial sow farm. In addition, these good management practices are also applicable to multipliers and production nucleus farms.

Access the full guidelines here

Good management practices

Producers must follow local and national regulations at any time and place. When regulation allows, consider the following recommendations.

Post cervical artificial insemination (PCAI)

The major differences between PCAI and traditional insemination are the insemination technique, and the use of the catheter and dose of semen.

Pregnancy diagnosis

Pregnancy control can be done indirectly by detecting the return to estrus while exposed to a boar or directly by ultrasound. As a general strategy, the use of ultrasound should follow on positive pregnancy checks to validate results of the boar exposure. Sows that are already detected as returned to estrus do not need to be checked with ultrasound.

Reproductive performance below expectations