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

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Guide to managing big pig litters

Genetic progress in pig breeding is continuing to push up born alive numbers, with the top 10% of farms now averaging 18.4 pigs born alive and the top third, 16.65.…

PIGS

How to manage hyper-prolific sows at farrowing

Pig farmers need to think of hyper-prolific sows as top athletes and manage them appropriately in order to maximise piglet survival and sow welfare. Prolific sows experience longer farrowing durations…

FARROWING

Farrowing management advice for stockpeople

Piglet survival and sow health are likely to be compromised if a sound system is not in place during farrowing. Therefore, stockpeople need to ensure that attention to detail is…

FARROWING

Tips for improving piglet survival

Within the UK indoor pig herd, the average pre-weaning mortality rate for piglets is 11.68%.  Luchia Gregson from AHDB’s pork knowledge exchange team provides some tips to help piglets and…

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Case studies

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How freedom farrowing pens match crates on performance

Traditional farrowing crates are used in the pig industry as they give piglets the best chance of survival. However the supermarket drive to increase pig welfare in indoor systems could…

LIVESTOCK

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…

LIVESTOCK

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…

LIVESTOCK

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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Insights

HOUSING AND HANDLING

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…

LIVESTOCK

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…

LIVESTOCK

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

PIGS

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…

LIVESTOCK

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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