Sow/Gilt Management

ISU swine farm named for Al Christian

The Swine Teaching Farm at Iowa State University has been named for Allen Christian, who managed the farm for more than 50 years. FULL STORY »

Watch for mycotoxins

As corn harvest winds down, farmers need to watch for potential molds and fungus in corn. Fields that were hit with late-summer hail could pose a particular risk. Also drought-stressed corn is susceptible to aflatoxin. FULL STORY »

Minnesota PRRS elimination meeting, Sept. 12

The effort to eliminate the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus started with a project around Morris, Minn. Now Minnesota is adding one more to the total of two dozen PRRS Area Regional Control and Elimination projects underway across the United States. FULL STORY »

PRRS price tag, $664 million

For nearly 20 years, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome has taken a financial toll on individual producers as well as the industry as a whole. A new study updates the costly impact. FULL STORY »

USDA proposes animal disease traceability rule

A new animal identification proposal has surfaced out of the halls of USDA, specifically from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The newly proposed rule is designed to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate when animal disease events surface. FULL STORY »

Heat warning: Check on pigs and people

Even though most pork producers run operations where hogs are housed in buildings to protect them from the blazing sun, the excessive temperatures and humid conditions that have settled into the U.S. mid-section can still take a toll on pigs and people. FULL STORY »

Sow-feeding System Gets Humane Approval

The American Humane Association has awarded the Seal of Approval for Humane Equipment to Big Dutchman’s CallMatic 2 electronic-sow-feeding system. The recognition is another important step in collaboration among pork producers, equipment manufacturers and animal welfarists. FULL STORY »

LSU swine unit tour: sow gestation floor Play video

A short video of the sow gestation floor at the LSU Swine Unit. In the farm's feedlot barn some of the replacement gilts and boars get up close and personal with the camera. FULL STORY »

Cargill Opens Sow Innovation Center

The facility will incorporate gestation group housing as well as evaluate alternative housing for farrowing sows. FULL STORY »

Global Sow Lameness Experts Review Progress

Swine industry and university experts from around the globe presented the most recent advancements in sow lameness causes, implications and prevention. FULL STORY »

The Scoop on Feeding Lactating Sows (Reproduction)

It’s critical that the feeding program for your lactating sows maximizes energy intake and matches nutrient levels to the animal’s feed intake. FULL STORY »

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