Ambassador: Doris Verhovsek, Austria

Publication date: October 2018 | Theme: Animal welfare

Challenges: Free farrowing management

Piglet losses during lactation have been reduced from 25% to 15% on this breeding unit, which operates a loose farrowing system. The change in management strategy included: changing sow genetics, optimising feeding, and close observation and intensive care of piglets, for example, on day one, putting piglets in the creep area while feeding sows and, on days two and three, watching sows and taking care of piglets during feeding.

The initial investment costs of the change in genetics and the increased workload in the first few days after birth have been outweighed by the financial gain from the increased number of weaned piglets.

Further information will be avaialble on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (Austria): Andrea Ladinig