Reproductive tools: Risks and Rewards

October 31, 2017 | by admin

Excerpt from Better Pork magazine article authored by Dr. Jessica Law of Prairie Swine Health Services:

Barn staff must follow proper protocols to safely and effectively use these products in swine operations.

Maintaining Producers frequently use reproductive aids in their swine operations. When used appropriately, these products are helpful and can improve productivity.

Farmers can use reproductive aids in their operations to induce heat in gilts or to shorten wean-to-service intervals. The products can induce farrowing or stimulate contractions to assist gilts or sows with the birthing process.

Despite the regular use of reproductive aids, however, farmers do not always review and update best practices as new products become available and additional staff join the team in the barn.

Read the full article to learn more about:

  • Potential adverse effects
  • Proper safety precautions
  • Latest knowledge on best practices

Among key points:

"While we must take the proper precautions when handling reproductive aids, these products are extremely useful and often critical in swine production."

Click here to read the full article in Better Pork

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