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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from the breeding herd to herd health.

Sow Housing

Gilt training – like kids and Brussel sprouts

Anyone who has tried to get a two-year-old to eat Brussel sprouts has a pretty good idea of the challenges that you may face getting a young gilt or sow to enter and use an Electronic Sow Feeder for the first time. No matter how much you tell them it’s good for them, they really don’t want anything to do with that thing. And all of this can be exponentially more difficult if they are not introduced properly to the new system. But as North American farmers adopt more ESFs, a good understanding of this training is building.


Another chapter in the cage-free, crate-free debate

Editor's note: The following article was featured in the Center for Food Integrity's Signals dashboard report. Click here to read the original report. 

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal welfare groups have identified another state in the effort to get rid of egg-layer battery cages, sow gestation stalls and veal crates. Having already conducted successful initiative petition drives in Florida, Arizona and California, Massachusetts is the target for 2016.

Sow Housing

Managing aggression between sows in group housing

When we mix two groups of pigs they respond in the same way, trying to drive off the strangers. This understanding is helpful when implementing changes to reduce and minimize sow aggression.


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