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Ron Bazylo, Swine Specialist
Here is some information and important aspects for raising hogs on smaller operations. Rations: Typically, a minimum of five diets is required when raising hogs. Below are the suggested rations and examples of each:
Herd Health: Sows should be vaccinated parvovirus and erysipelas vaccines regularly. Sows should be dewormed two times per year. Pigs at 8 weeks of age also need to be vaccinated for erysipelas and dewormed. These are the minimum vaccines required. Contact your local veterinarian for a vaccination program.
Marketing: If you are selling any market pigs or culled breeding stock through Manitoba Pork, contact them for a producer number.
Management: Ideally you would like your sows to have two or more litters per year.
|Breed Female (6-8 months of age)|
|Gestation (pregnancy)||115 days|
|Weaned at||28 days|
365 d/149 d = 2.4 litters/year. Ideally each sow should have at least 10 pigs born alive. For further information on pork production, contact your local Ag. Rep. office.