Farmer Tony Bayles feeding his pigsTony Bayles © Tim Scrivener
We have consistently struggled to achieve an acceptable conception rate (90%), especially with our second-litter sows. We have tried feeding extra food in farrowing, decreasing the number suckling, and giving additional contact with the boars – and the opposite. But I have always suspected that what we need to do is take them out of production for three weeks to allow time for recovery from the strains of the first litter. The only issue has been where to house these animals […]