Swine Herd Management Conference, Dec. 2002

David Stender, swine field specialist

As pork becomes leaner and more muscular, breeding stock becomes more challenging to manage. If entering gilts are too lean, reproduction failure is common. Leaner genetics potentially have higher death loss and reduced reproductive rates. In Dec. 2002, 75 producers, looking to improve the reproductive performance of their breeding herds, attended a seminar in northwest Iowa. Participants were asked to measure their improvement in knowledge and skills by filling out a post seminar survey. Thirty participants filled out the survey, and they have control over 266,300 finishing pigs (that is about 89 FTE @ two-thirds hour per pig) and 31,015 breeding stock (about 155 FTE). A significant portion of swine production in northwest Iowa was in attendance at this workshop.

Forty surveys were mailed out nine months after the meeting to measure the impact of the meeting on actual changes in management practices. The results that participants reported are as follows:

Producers were then asked to list specific management changes that they applied to their operation because of information learned from the conference:

Those that reported a dollar value for the meeting, reported the actual meeting value at: $750, $200, $750, $200, $1500, $35, $200, $1500, $1500, and $200

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