Sow space, boar pheromones, sow barn energy consumption, cool sows and flu’s cyclical nature are part of topics reviewed in this research-specific issue of National Hog Farmer. Flipping through the pages exposes a picture of the intensity of maintaining swine health while improving production conditions with the pigs in mind.
Source: National Hog Farmer, December 2017.
December’s issue of National Hog Farmer is the annual Research Review, highlighting research reports from across the United States and Canada.
INSIGHTS: Editor Cheryl Day sets the tone for the need for research and efficacious products in her opening article. She writes, “In the name of animal welfare . . .” Production efficiency, energy efficiency, floor space, stocking rates and the other topics noted are all worthy of research. If future research proposals begin with Day’s animal welfare premise as their top priority, animal health, efficiency, and product efficacy will follow as research results are compiled.