By: Brittany C. and Donte J.
Disease prevention and control proper boar to sow ratio and breeding each sow at least twice during each heat period are practices that increase conception rates. The advantages are higher average prices for hogs sold because sales are spread throughout the year. The disadvantages are it requires a year-round labor supply.
Baby pig mortality is a serious problem for the homestead hog raiser. Experts say that of all piglets born alive farrowing, almost 25 percent, one in four, will die before they're old enough to wean. A newborn piglet is indeed a fragile creature. He enters the world without a single disease- fighting antibody in his system. In fact, the 3 pound babe is -- except for his intense will to survive -- entirely defenseless against disease and mistreatment.