Batch Farrowing Place

The cull sow issue

 

Setting batch breeding targets is only part of the breeding problem, achieving the batch breeding target can be a real challenge.  The cull sow can be an important component of achieving the batch breeding target.

 

What options are there in the timing of culling?

On many farms sows are culled at the point of weaning, perhaps the decision is made even during lactation.  But what guarantee does this decision give you?     Very little!

 

There are three major times when culling should be considered:

 

What is the practical consequences of these culling policies on your farm?

 

Time of culling:

What can I guarantee?

Number of sows bred

Number of sows pregnant

Number of sows which farrow

Lactation or weaning

No

No

No

End of breeding week

Yes

No

No

24 days post-weaning

Yes

No/maybe

No

28 days pregnancy check

Yes

Yes

No

At farrowing

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

What is the financial consequences of these culling policies?

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