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Show Gilt to Brood Sow

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition General Care Management Practices Show Pig Health and Nutrition

With summer drawing to a close, many successful show gilts will be retired. But, success in the show ring doesn’t guarantee that female will make a great sow. Many factors including, condition, care and even genetics will affect that gilt’s future in the farrowing barn. The Showpig.com team caught up with Lynsee Shaffer of Shaffer’s Goldrush to get her tips to make your show gilts into brood sows.

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Boar Stud Protocols

Friday, September 9, 2016

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition Industry News

Raising boars is a major investment. Like anything that takes so much time and money, it’s important to get a positive return on the investment. It is critical to keep the boars healthy to maximize the return on your investment.

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Breeding Decisions: To Simply Spirette or Pass the Cervix

Friday, April 29, 2016

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition

When it comes to breeding sows, timing is everything. And when it comes to equipment a breeder should choose the type of rod that fits their comfort level.

Sounds simple, right? Yet there are many factors that affect the type of rod a breeder can choose. Showpig.com visited with D.J. Sanders, sales manager for Reproductive Provisions, to get the scoop on what to use and when.

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Designing a Vaccination Protocol for Your Operation

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition Business

Protecting livestock and providing the best form of care is a goal every young exhibitor should strive to accomplish. After all, showing is about more than placing in the ring. Feeding properly and maintaining overall animal health is a big part of raising show projects, and part of the big picture is being able to give vaccines appropriately.

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Taking Care of Baby Pigs: Processing Steps for Newborns

Friday, January 29, 2016

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition

Nathan Weisinger, Fort Madison, Iowa, has a tried-and-true system of processing baby pigs at Weisinger Farms. From the time one of his 150 sows farrow until each litter is weaned, he follows a vaccination protocol that helps maintain healthy pigs. Giving vaccines ensures a strong beginning of life for any animal. Weisinger follows a standard protocol to ensure pigs have a healthy life, and he says starting them off right gives them a healthy end as well.

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Worming to Save Your Showpigs

Friday, November 20, 2015

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition

Worming your show pig should be common sense. But when a study shows 70% of pig livers from slaughter houses in the U.S. are being discarded due to worms it’s time for the swine industry to take better care of their beloved projects.

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Ways to Ensure a Successful Litter

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition Business

Raising livestock has lots of ups and downs but having a successful first litter of pigs can be one of the most agonizing parts of the business.

A sow’s first litter can determine her longevity. If she has a great first litter with no farrowing problems, no infection, no mastitis and eats well then this will improve how she deals with her future litters.

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