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10 Steps to Successful Farrowing

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM

  1. Prepare farrowing rooms.
  2. Make sure sows are ready.
  3. Evaluate environment daily.
  4. Separate sow from the herd.
  5. Work to reduce stillbirths.
  6. Warm up and dry off all piglets.
  7. Ensure all pigs receive a good dose of colostrum.
  8. Minimize transfers.
  9. Don't ignore fallbacks or starveouts.
  10. Evaluate the sow after farrowing for health and nursing ability to keep pigs alive and thriving.

I found this list on one of my favorite resources for hog farming at http://nationalhogfarmer.com/mag/farming_steps_successful_farrowing. I agree with it but like ALL farms we all do things a little different. For example, we've started farrowing outdoors in speacially made pens. We fill them with straw or hay to give mom all she needs to make a bed and be comfortable for farrowing.The biggest thng that we've learned raising hogs is, if fed and taken care of they don't need our help. Don't get me wrong, the pigs born on cement are healthy and safe. However, we noticed that the pigs born on dirt grow faster and a little more vibrant. It's something to see. Anyway, that's just a few things we do differently but the end goal is to raise healthy, happy pigs and I'm proud to say that's what we do at Dollison Farms!

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