Piggery Artificial insemination (AI)
Artificial insemination is not a hard work as you might think. The first step is to get the right tools and the semen. You will only do the AI when the sow/gilt is on heat. Heat is also called Estrus. When a sow is on heat it means its ready for a male.What are the signs of piggery heat or Estrus? Below are the signs:
You must check your sows at least twice a day for signs of a heat. A heat does not last longer. A healthy pig will be on heat from two to three days. What if you do an Artificial insemination (AI) on a sow that is not on heat? The answer is easy: Your sow wont get pregnant.What are the advantages/Benefits of an Artificial insemination (AI) Or Why would you use the AI?
- Saving costs - Keeping a boar on the farm is expensive as you will feed it every day and it takes a space on your farm, buying a semen is very cheap.
- The quality of sperm can be tested before being insertected into the sow, which means less diseases....etc.
- Larger boars will injure small sows, this addresses that issue.