Tuesday, 5 March 2013
It is important that pig producers always have enough gilts available to serve, in the correct condition and at the required time. They should aim to maintain a replacement gilt pool of at least 12% of the target herd numbers.
So you need to be aware of and manage any holes coming up in the system, such as low service weeks when there has been a rise in cull rates or late returns among sows.
Good gilt management is the starting point of a productive breeding herd and will help improve the number of pigs weaned per sow per year, the aim of the BPEX Breed+3 initiative.To download the 2TS Gilt Management pack, click here. www.bpex.org.uk/2TS/breeding/GiltManagement.aspx