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Pig Breeding & Genetics / Gilts
on March 6, 2014
BREEDING

Should you raise or buy gilts?

The risk of inviting disease onto their operation is leading some hog producers to raise their own replacement gilts versus buying them from a seedstock supplier.

Purchasing ready-to-go gilts places the responsibility for genetic improvement, and management during the rearing period, on the seedstock supplier. However, producers whose operations are in areas with a high risk of disease risk the potential of infecting their entire herd with each incoming load of seedstock-supplied gilts. Because genetics and…

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