Friday, 17 May 2013
It is important to assess sow body condition accurately to ensure that appropriate nutrition is provided to each sow for maintenance, growth, reproduction and lactation.
There should be minimal variation in condition throughout a sow’s productive life and producers should aim for an optimal average condition score of 3 (on a scale of 1 to 5) throughout the breeding herd.
Score sows at key times in the reproductive cycle and always score the sows by touch, using the palm of the hand as it is more accurate than just scoring ‘by eye’. Consider the shoulders, ribs, backbone and hips, not just one location.
For more information on the Breed+3 initiative and to download the factsheet,
Action for Productivity 20: Condition scoring of sows, go to: www.bpex.org.uk/2TS/breeding/.