Skilled employees can be your most valuable asset in pork production, and nowhere is that more evident than in the breeding barn.

A skilled artificial insemination technician can increase your farrowing rate and total pigs born alive, says Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University animal scientist. That means the pigs and profits could multiply on your farm.

Flowers did a study on the impact of different AI technicians on breeding effects. Each technician bred 256 sows under the same conditions. The best technicians produced more than 1,000 additional pigs than the poorest technician. Here are the results.

Technician    Farrowing     Pigs Born Alive  Total Pigs Born         Pigs
                           Rate                  Per Litter            Per Litter          Produced
1                    90.6%                       10.3                        11.0                  2,348
2                    85.9%                       10.5                       11.2                  2,310
3                    81.6%                       10.3                       11.0                  2,153
4                     89.1%                       10.2                       10.8                  2,346
5                    89.8%                       10.4                       11.1                  2,413
6                    67.8%                         8.5                          9.3                  1,377

Source: Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University animal scientist