A new paper has been published at Porcine Health Management, called Culling in served females and farrowed sows at consecutive parities in Spanish pig herds, by Carlos Piñeiro and our colleagues and friends, Satomi Tani and Yuzo Koketsu.
The objectives of the study were 1) to characterize culling and retention patterns in parities 0 to 6 in served females and farrowed sows in two herd groups, and 2) to quantify the factors associated with by-parity culling risks for both groups in commercial herds. Lifetime data from first-service to removal included 465,947 service records of 94,691 females served between 2008 and 2013 in 98 Spanish herds.
As a conclusion, producers should reduce non-productive days by culling sows after weaning, instead of after service or during pregnancy. Also, producers should pay special attention to sows farrowing stillborn piglets or having prolonged WSI, and reconsider culling policy for mid-parity sows when they farrow 8 or fewer PBA.