Advantages and Disadvantages of Farrowing Crates
A key driver for profitability on a piggery farm is the ability to produce, wean and fatten a great number of piglets annually. This goal is however limited or threatened on most pig farms as a result of production challenges arising from piglet mortality.
Piglet mortality occurs due to a number of different factors that centre around the absence of a farrowing crate in the production unit.
As a beginner pig farmer you might not appreciate the value of investing in Farrowing crates when acquiring or breeding your Female pigs/Gilts/Sows, however as soon as she begins farrowing a new reality suddenly dawns on you.
The female mother pig suddenly becomes the greatest threat to the survival of her piglets hence impacting negatively on your financial projections.
Listed below are some of the reasons I have adopted this most essential equipment on my farm:
Cannibalism: Some aggressive Gilts are known to eat their piglets during farrowing, once they taste the blood they keep licking the piglets navels till they tear d piglets apart. A farrowing crate prevents this from occurring.
Crushing: During or after Farrowing while she moves around the Pen she is definitely going to sleep or step on her piglets.
Births in wallow: If a pregnant sow is allowed unrestricted movement she can deliver in the wallow.
Lousy Sows: some Sows just sit in the wallow after delivery refusing to breast feed.
Diarrhea: piglets looking for a source of water tend to drink urine or eat other dirty stuff in the pen. With the mother in a well designed farrowing crate the urine and faeces flow is restricted and a separate feeder and drinker can then be provided for the piglets.
Biting of Piglets especially close to the weaning age: She finds it difficult to this while she is crated
Increased Piglet Weaning weight: Providing a separate drinker and feeder for piglets helps to increase their weaning weight.
All of what I just stated I have experienced or seen happen on other Pig farms, however since I have adopted the use of farrowing crates, I have 99 percent production success!!!
My advice for all farmers intent on producing Piglets successfully is to acquire a no of farrowing crates relative to the no of breeding sows.
Poorly designed farrowing crates can lead to:
even more Piglet mortality
Piglet foot sores
Piglet and Sow Diarrhoea
You can learn how to design or buy farrowing crates from us.
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