N&H TOP LINE: Six keys to gilt pools

Six key drivers for successful gilt pool management may help unlock sow herd's profit potential.

Gilt (first-parity sow) litters represent approximately 22% of all litters farrowed within commercial swine herds and can account for a much higher percentage in herds with poor sow longevity. With sow replacement rates typically ranging from 53% to 58%, herd managers are under continual pressure to use the farm’s gilts to help meet production targets for animal flow through a facility, according to a recent "Feet First Update" newsletter.

The gilt plays an integral role in meeting

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