Management Tips for Increased Reproductive Performance
The most common key performance indicator in breeding herds is the number of piglets /sow /year. To achieve this, you need to apply good management practices.
Improving swine reproduction performance requires attention to many details. Here are the factors affecting the number of piglets born alive:
Golden rule for gilts
For gilts, you need to first breed them after sanitary acclimation is completed, their second cycle, a strict minimum weight of 125 kg and 190 days of age. It is very important to consider these "golden rules" as it is impossible to go back and change things once the gilts are bred.
Ideal body condition and feeding management
The body condition of a sow should align with targets specific to her genetic background. A fat sow will show reduced feed intake in lactation, have difficulty when farrowing and reproductive problems. A female that is too skinny may produce more stillborn piglets and have reduced longevity. To avoid these situation, sows need to be fed with a precise feeding program during gestation and everything must be done to maximize feed intake from day one to the end of lactation to minimize weight loss during this critical period.