Maximizing farrowing rate

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dc.contributor.author Levis, D.G.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-15T21:49:13Z
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dc.date.issued 2010-04-15T21:49:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/3641
dc.description.abstract Farrowing rate can be defined as: 1) the number of mated females that farrow within a contemporary group per total number of MATED females for this group or 2) the number of females that farrow within a contemporary group per total number of EXPOSED females for this group. Generally, the first definition is used when hand-mating, whereas the second definition has to be used when pen-mating. Regardless of the definition, farrowing rate can be maximized only by taking total control of the breeding herd. High farrowing rates will result when fertility is high in boars, sows, and gilts; however, excellent management must be used to maintain high fertility in males and females. North Carolina State University data have shown a high correlation between farrowing rate and live pigs born per bred sow per year (Figure 1). Their data show that for each 10% increase in farrowing rate of bred sows, there is a corresponding increase of 2.63 live pigs born per sow per year. In light of these data, pork producers should strive to maximize farrowing rate. This can be done by providing good management during prebreeding, breeding, and gestation phases. The purpose of this article is to provide information on possible management practices to use during each of these phases. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Swine day, 1989 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 90-163-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 581 en_US
dc.subject Swine en_US
dc.subject Farrowing rate en_US
dc.subject Sow management en_US
dc.subject Boar management en_US
dc.subject Hand-mating en_US
dc.title Maximizing farrowing rate en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1989 en_US
dc.citation.epage 16 en_US
dc.citation.spage 8 en_US
dc.description.conference Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 16, 1989 en_US

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