Know How / Farrowing

The successful production of piglets has a big impact on the profitability of pig breeding units. This area explores how farmers can breed and rear the optimum number of piglets per litter by looking closely at nutrition, housing and management.

Advice and tips

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8 key tips on improving gilt productivity

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…

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6 causes of pig infertility and how to avoid them

Infertility is a major reason for the relatively high cost of production on British pig farms and must be addressed if the industry is to be competitive with the rest…

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14 top tips to improve number of piglets per sow

Pig farmer David Goodier of Greenhalgh, Preston, who farms in partnership with his dad Leonard, started focusing on pre-weaning mortality when he became AHDB Pork’s Focus Farm in June last year. His…

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Top tips to reduce stillborns and sow mortality

Paying more attention to condition scores of older and problem sows could help producers reduce the number of stillborns and pig mortality during farrowing. Speaking at the Pig Congress in…

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Case studies

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Antibiotics-free pork label sees Danes opt-in per piglet

An antibiotics-free pork-labelling initiative worth 20-25p/kg hinges on the eye of Danish pig keepers in the farrowing house. The Danish Crown labelling scheme sees piglets tagged as antibiotic-free at the…

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Farrowing tent brings welfare benefits to pigs

A farm trialling the use of a farrowing tent with one of its outdoor pig herds is seeing big welfare benefits for sows, piglets and the staff managing them. Fawley…

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How Danish sows are averaging 30 piglets a year

Commercial producers using Danish genetics are now averaging 30 weaned piglets a sow a year. Denmark is leading the world when it comes to pig herd performance with Danish farmers…

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Inside farrowing arks help to boost piglet numbers

Individually penning sows in farrowing arks indoors has helped lift average litter size by 1.5 piglets at Reaseheath College, Cheshire. The new farrowing village set-up at the college, which is…

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Insights

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Farrowing pen design could boost piglet and sow welfare

Effective campaigns by animal welfare organisations have kept the farrowing crate issue in the public eye. As a consequence, a number of smaller national retailers are already sourcing pigmeat only…

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Can piglets be kept safe without farrowing crates?

Can piglets be kept safe without farrowing crates? It is a question that gets many pig producers debating, but according to SAC's Emma Baxter the answer is yes. Speaking about…

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News

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Farrowing house electricity costs highest in summer months

Electricity costs in pig farrowing houses in the summer have been unexpectedly found to exceed those in the winter. That’s according to ARM Buildings, which remotely monitors electricity consumption for…

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Pig sector urged to move away from farrowing crates

The pig industry should push on with efforts to replace traditional farrowing crates with free-farrowing systems, according to a report by the government’s farm animal welfare advisers. The Farm Animal…

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Test and reviews

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10 Danish loose farrowing pens compared

Ten European loose-housed farrowing pens are being assessed for pig, piglet and worker welfare in a world-leading product test. This follows industry targets for 10% of Danish sows to be…

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