BPEX blog

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Hands-on experience on a Danish farm

I’ve just spent a couple of days working on a Danish pig farm with my knowledge transfer team colleagues and there are a few interesting things we’ve picked up…

We’ve been trimming sows’ feet this afternoon! It’s thought to increase longevity by at least one litter.

Also:
  • We’ve done some fostering, with 10-15% nurse sows needed – it’s a one to two step foster, depending on the strength of the piglets
  • Feeding fat to sows three weeks before farrowing is thought to increase quantity of colostrum
  • Tickling under a sow’s tail improves stimulation when inseminating.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions about what we’ve seen in Denmark, either by commenting below or dropping me an email. 

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