Lorne and Vicki Tannas
Lorne and Vicki Tannas are swine specialists and nucleus support for Genesus farms in China.
Reducing Stillbirths by being pro-active during farrowing.
One of the most important things in keeping pigs alive is just by being present. The second half of this is using your time effectively. In the first 48 hours from birth you can have the greatest effect on survival of the litter than at any other time during growth. If you are washing farrowing crates you are present but you may need someone present checking the sows with delivery. Still births are becoming a larger part of large litters.
Here is a Flow Chart on Assisted Farrowing. Make a recording sheet for each sow and follow this flow chart to help in decision making and time management.
These two pigs would have been still born without a pelvic sweep at 20 minute intervals. Sows that have large litters tire out. A normal delivery will take less than 6 hours. Once she goes beyond this she needs assistance. Remember to split suckle over 12.
“Being There”, should not be by chance but by planning and controlling your work day.
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