4 (b) (a) The dynamic space needs of sows
housed in crates showed NB-like behaviour, such as rooting and biting at steel bars, and frequently changed their body positions, which is known to be associated with inability to express NB behaviour.
At one farm, 20 young adolescent sows
and 20 full maturity sows
were group-housed during pregnancies, until approximately seven days before farrowing, when they were transferred to farrowing pens, in which straw was provided in the bedding area.
were transferred to farrowing rooms 3-5 days before the expected parturition date.
Tim said the biggest difference can be attributed to monitoring all aspects of sow
These reviewers typically have a great deal of experience in reviewing SOWs
and know common potential trouble spots and pitfalls SOW
writers may face.
However, if sows
are outside and not managed closely, herd productivity is low.
Timing is everything when transferring baby pigs from their mother to another sow
The retention rate for parity 3 sows
was 88% to 65% and 40% to 28% parity 6 sows
A higher farrowing rate requires fewer sows
in the unit to produce the same total number of pigs.
All charge materials, whether ingot, sows
or even home scrap, are potentially susceptible to the formation of condensation on the surface.
A total of 64 crossbred sows
(Landrace x Yorkshire) in their 3 to 4 parities were allotted to one of four treatments (n = 16) over two consecutive parities, but 5 sows
culled in the second (Fourth parity) experiment meant a total of 59 sows
applied for the experiment.