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Lia Hoving

Dr. Lia Hoving is Provimi technical service manager — swine.

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Sow nutrition programs focusing on reducing feed costs

Pig producers should divide sow feeding regimes into three phases and fine-tune each phase, to reduce feed costs without sacrificing reproductive performance.
Many pig producers try to fine-tune sow nutrition, particularly during the gestation period. High raw material prices and increased feed costs are spotlighting sow gestation nutrition to improve cost-efficiencies, while maintaining or improving productivity in pig breeding herds. 
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Nutrition

Proper sow nutrition improves herd productivity, reduces costs

Pig producers should divide sow feeding regimes into three phases for best results.
Many pig producers try to fine-tune sow nutrition, particularly during the gestation period. High raw material prices and increased feed costs are spotlighting sow gestation nutrition to improve cost-efficiencies, while maintaining or improving productivity in pig breeding herds.
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Sow nutrition: Avoiding second parity slump

Sow studies found that weight loss from first lactation results in smaller litter sizes and lower farrowing rates.
About 50 percent of all sows have a lower litter size in their second parity, compared with their first parity – and recent studies indicated that second parity litter size and litter size could be related to subsequent litter sizes and farrowing rates. However, by altering management and sow nutrition pig producers may be able to reverse this trend and improve second – and subsequent – parity reproductive performance.
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