Care must be taken to provide a clean environment with good AI semen evaluation and storage.
The boar may be large but he needs gentle care and friendly human contact.
Listed below are some of the major factors that impact the success of achieving these goals.
Semen produced by a sire should contain these attributes: 1) absence of contagious organisms or disease (2) high quality-(morphologically sound, good motility, and appropriate sperm numbers per dose) (3) high genetic value (4) good storage characteristics and (5) capable of fertilization.
Running an efficient stud with lower cost per dose is dependent on (1) high % of working boars (2) optimized collection frequency (3) early boar training and (4) judicious culling program of poor semen quality and non working boars.
Environmental factors such as high temperature, poor air quality, miss managed nutrition, water supply, dust, mycotoxins, lack of socialization, excessive noise, and rough treatment from collectors can all add to problems with sexual activity, libido and even poor quality ejaculates.
Emphasis needs to be placed on safety and welfare for the boars as well as for the workers. Surin Farm has designed the farm buildings and collection areas to minimize the contact between boars and humans thereby reducing the potential for injury.