Industry Partners

Prairie Swine Centre is an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan

Prairie Swine Centre is grateful for the assistance of the George Morris Centre in developing the economics portion of Pork Insight.

Financial support for the Enterprise Model Project and Pork Insight has been provided by:

Author(s): Colin Pratt
Publication Date: January 1, 2005
Reference: Proceedings of the 2005 Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium
Country: Canada


The goal of 30 pigs weaned/sow/year is a standard goal in the industry. Genetics, nutrition, and a good working staff are all essential to this target. Breeding should occur at the peak of ovulation to obtain 13.5 to 14 total born and farrowing rates should be targeted to exceed 90%. Good quality semen is a must-have, and it should be stored at 17°C and re-suspended twice a day. Correct environmental attributes must be in place to minimize sow stress, provide extra heat for piglets to lower pre-weaning mortality, and stimulate lactation for the sow. Replacement gilts should be more productive and only brought in to replace sows of less productivity. Good colostrum, low pre-weaning mortality, and low stillborns are all the result of good farrowing supervision. Cross fostering of piglets will allow them to be weaned in an even group size, lower pre-weaning mortality, and brings them up to roughly the same weight. Lactation feeding of the sow should ensure maximum piglet growth and large litters for the next breeding. Reduced levels of feeding for the first 7 to 10 days stimulates the appetite for the remainder of lactation. Good record keeping, reliable products, teamwork, and training are all essential for reaching targets.

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