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Gilts rest in their training pen at Jayce Mountain Pork. Training gilts is a key to successful use of electronic sow feeding in group gestation pens.

N&H TOPLINE: Sow parity affects progeny performance

Keeping sows in herd longer may reduce cost and result in more productive pigs. ALSO: Gilt training programs for group pens.

Bringing replacement gilts into the breeding herd can be expensive, and gilts tend to have smaller litters and lower farrowing rates than established sows.

Because of this, a producer with an average replacement rate of 55-60% will end up feeding more females for fewer progeny — a vicious cycle to be in year after year.

Aside from getting fewer pigs per gilt, a gilt’s progeny can be weaker performers than their counterparts from higher-parity sows, costing producer

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