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The UK pig industry is “haemorrhaging gilts” and should be doing more to see them through to parities 3-5 when optimum returns are seen from a sow, according to pig production consultant Stephen Hall. Speaking at a recent AHDB Pork event, he and the other speakers outlined some practical tips for producers to improve gilt productivity. 1 Minimise stress “Adrenaline is the enemy of all reproductive hormones,” says John Hayden, a vet from Integra Veterinary Services. Therefore, it is important […]