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Improving sow fertility during summer months

July 4, 2016 by  
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Pig producers should take steps to improve sow fertility during the summer months, says Paul Penny, UK swine manager for Ceva Animal Health.

Improving the basics throughout the summer can result in big improvements in performance, says Mr Penny. Attention to detail when it comes to temperature, feed, water and the environment can all pay dividends.

Producers should seek to maximising feed and nutritional intake through the lactation and wean-to-service interval. A good fresh, clean water supply is important. High summer temperatures can affect the quality of drinking water and warm water is also not appetising to drink.

Weaned sows should be kept as cool as possible. Boar stimulation should be increased to twice a day, with serving taking place at the coolest times of the day. Semen should be stored correctly in optimum conditions.

Keeping to the correct stocking rates, will help to reduce stress levels. Good observation is important, with extra vigilance required between 17 and 32 days post service. Pregnancy scanning should take place at 28 days and also four weeks later.

“It is critical that you monitor and then understand your on-farm performance,” says Mr Penny. Knowing your conception and farrowing rate is important – and so too is knowing your Non- Productive Days (NPD), which can change during the summer months.

“By looking at your results, you will see a pattern to your performance. NPD are costly in not hitting your breeding herd targets. Empty farrowing spaces mean reduced sales, which mean an economic hit.”

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