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Replacement gilt breeding age

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2022 1:40 am
by goldenstategenetics
At what age do you breed show pig replacement gilts? Our herd is split 50/50 commercial and show pigs and we develop all gilts along the commercial guidelines. I have heard that some are really adding some age to them before they breed them.

Re: Replacement gilt breeding age

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2023 1:05 pm
by buckibri
the majority of show pig females are very unsound reproductivley, no use in denying the obvious.

many delay breeding until they are 12-18 months old before breeding in an attempt to minimize some of the issues of being able to farrow without extreme assistance. Sometimes this even helps.