Batch farrowing for the pig industry

Summary

This Primefact provides a brief overview of batch farrowing, a key production strategy for the pig industry, and discusses the use of the Batch Farrowing Planner (Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet).

Batch farrowing provides larger groups of weaners which allow age-segregated rearing to be coupled with split-sex feeding and phase-feeding strategies. Profitability is increased through:

  • improved growth rates and feed conversions
  • improved health
  • reduced medication and costs
  • improved farrowing rates
  • improved number born alive and weaned



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Primefact 143 First Edition

Published: 01 Jan 2007