Webinar: Optimizing Swine Reproduction Management in Argentina

This webinar was held in The Hague, The Netherlands, and was moderated by pig progress Publisher, Vincent ter Beek. Although aimed at the Argentinian market, the guest speakers come from all over the world and shared their expertise in various related fields.

Use data to improve results

Joining remotely from Columbia, Francisco Tascon, a trained veterinarian and currently sales manager for AgroVision in Latin America, explained how to use data to improve results in the breeding herd. He pointed out how we need to shift our focus from assessing averages to being able to see variations. “What we can’t measure, we can’t improve,” he said, adding that a good information system can help anticipate problems.

Reproductive performance of gilts

Catalin Nicolaiciuca, nutritionist at breeding company Topigs Norsvin, joined the studio webinar and spoke about optimizing gilt husbandry for better reproductive performance. He emphasized that selecting the right gilt cannot be underestimated and discussed several key principles to focus on, including selecting a gilt from a uniform litter, exposure to boars, gaining weight during gestation and weight loss during lactation.

Pig production data

Harjan Westerman, Technology Expert and Pig Solution Business Account Manager at Nedap, shared details of smart feeding systems that record the activity of sows entering the systems and their feeding behavior. This goes a long way in keeping them in the right physical condition until gestation and therefore supports performance, he said.

A digital pet passport

Peter ter Linde is the CEO of precision breeding company LeeO in the Netherlands, which specializes in registering individual piglets and following them to the consumer. While covering the importance of traceability, optimization of breeding and research and better breeding management, he highlighted the benefits and importance of being able to follow a pig from birth at slaughter and to have easy access to detailed information on each pig.

This webinar ended with a panel discussion between all the moderators and presenters and included discussions around the biggest problems in pork production in Latin America.

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