BoarBetter is a new product to help reduce the risks of poor heat detection in pig breeding
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THE IMPORTANCE OF ODOUR
Pigs use their noses as a key element of their breeding behaviour. Odour is critical, as information conveyed by pheromones triggers a sexual response in the female – indicating when she is in heat (oestrus) and ready for breeding. A good mix of pheromones is therefore needed to help the farmer best detect oestrus.
Heat (oestrus) detection is one of the most important tasks in any swine breeding system. Failure to detect heat in sows and gilts, or errors in detection, are two major causes of poor reproductive performance. Making heat detection more reliable reduces the risk of non-productive days and enables better timing of insemination for optimum total births.
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