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Performance improvements justify increasing gilt selection pressure
Increased gilt selection pressure results in higher sow retention rates, higher sow lifetime performance, higher farrowing rates and larger litter sizes. However, uncertainty around performance improvements and costs have traditionally stopped producers with internal multiplication from increasing selection pressure.
PIC conducted an ROI (return on investment) analysis on increasing gilt selection pressure to identify the performance improvements required to achieve a return. In the analysis, we evaluated the costs of increased gilt selection pressure and the associated change in overall sow herd performance.
Gilts, regardless if bought in or home grown, are fundamental to ensure a long-term high productivity level. On one hand it is important to replace with high quality gilts. On the other hand, professional gilt management is key to for sustainable success.