David Stender, Swine Field Specialist, Northwest
Proper swine management is key to profitability and competitive position of swine producers in NW Iowa.
A major swine conference was held to address common swine management issues.
The program was held and attended by 65 producers. Several months later a follow-up survey was sent out and returned by 21 producers, the following is their reply to the survey:
These are the management areas the producers remembered that they had learned:
Details-pay attention makes all the difference.
How to pick good gilts.
Handling of sows & gilts.
Greater emphasis on gilt development & recorded skip heats
Follow steps for HI with more checking on semen quality.
I thought program was fantastic. Very valuable presentation.
Really enjoyed presentations and whole gilt development area.
With given feed costs-earlier gilt introduction into the breeding herd can represent significant cost savings, but must be weighed against long survivability and retention of those animals.
The documented changes from the survey sent out months after the original program includes the following:
Ten operations have used some general information from seminar to make more informed herd management decisions.
Six have implemented management factors to improve reproductive performance that has changed the performance level of the sow herd.
Seven implemented a change in management in the reproductive area
Nine operations have changed the way they management replacement gilts
One herd health program has changed.
One change in a feeding program has been implemented
Six operations have made adjustments impacting sow longevity
Average benefit from the meeting reported by 9 operations averaged $2700.
150 - Iowa Pork Industry Center
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