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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. 

By AHDBPork at 28 Aug 2013, 16:27 PM

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