Libra*

Published on Nov. 30, 2020

Hypor’s guide for effective farrowing management

The Hypor Libra* is already an efficient sow that can give you more quality pigs, all with less labor. However, with some small changes to farrowing room management, you increase the number of piglets born alive and quality pigs weaned per litter. For further success , adopt the Hypor Libra* mating management strategy and see an improvement in total born at her next farrowing.

Our technical experts have worked closely with several of our customers to combine research, farrowing management approaches, and our Hypor Libra* to compile several strategies for improved farrowing room success. This can give you more piglets born alive after farrowing and more piglets weaned – in addition to the genetic progress you have come to expect from Hypor.

Quick tips for effective farrowing room management

Moving the sow to the farrowing room:

  • The room should be properly cleaned, disinfected, dried and empty for as many days as possible between each batch of sows
  • Proper environmental control (programmed based on day of lactation)
  • Move sows 4 to 7 days before farrowing for acclimatization
  • Back fat at farrowing:
    • Gilts: 18-20 mm (0.71 – 0.79 in) and Sows: 16-18 mm (0.63 – 0.71 in)

Farrowing process:

  • Ideal: quick, smooth, at term
  • Monitor the farrowing process closely: record all events and timing
    • Only intervene when needed, not in a systematic way
    • E.g. blockage of the cervix or uterine inertia
  • Target of <6% stillborn

First moments of life:

  • Appropriate environment for piglets (i.e. warm, dry, and clean)
  • Stimulate suckling and ensure adequate colostrum intake (e.g. split suckling)
  • Identify piglets that require extra care (e.g. hypothermia, navel bleeding)
  • Cross-fostering: only when needed and within 12 – 24h after farrowing
  • Target of <10% pre-weaning mortality

Lactation management:

Goal to maximize milk production and minimize the amount of body condition lost during lactation

  • Monitor and stimulate feed intake of the sows: never fully restrict around farrowing, gradually increase allowance in early lactation, and eventually ad libitum feeding
  • Back fat thickness at weaning: 13 mm (0.51 in) minimum

See the benefits of incorporating the Hypor Libra* Farrowing Management Strategies

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If you’re interested in maximizing performance in your farrowing room by incorporating our Hypor Libra* farrowing management strategies, please contact your local representative today or email Hypor@hendrix-genetics.com.

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