Replacement Gilt and Boar Nutrient Recommendations and Feeding Management
Publish Date: March 25, 2010
The nutritional program for replacement gilts has a direct effect on sow lifetime productivity. How females are fed in development affects prolificacy and consistency of future reproductive cycles and can predispose them to feet and leg problems during later parities. Increased culling of breeding females due to problems with reproductive performance, health, or structural soundness can be very expensive. Purchasing premium-priced replacement gilts adds to the cost of production, while producing and raising gilts from within the herd takes considerable time, management, and an investment of resources.
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