Objective: The “GDU Lead” owns every detail that affects the gilt from the day she walks off the trailer into quarantine until the day a catheter is inserted.
- 1. Overall management of GDU including but not limited to:
- Maximize Feed Intake
i. Feeder management — daily adjustments
ii. Feed ration management
iii. Water — flow and availability
iv. Minimize stress events
- Ventilation Management
i. Controller knowledge
ii. Air — flow, speed, and exchange
iii. Set temp vs. actual
iv. Environment assessment – laying patterns, humidity, cleanliness
- Health Management
i. Medication/vaccination schedule
ii. Treatment identification
iii. Threshold communication
- Overall Flow Management
i. Nursery management
- Incoming preparation
- Intensive monitoring
ii. Stocking density/square footage
iii. Replacement rate, selection rate and timing
iv. Weekly targets — mortality, removals, HNS
- Inventory and Record Keeping
i. Gilt Entry Protocol — ear tagging and recording within 7 days of arrival
ii. Daily movements into gestation barn, HNS events, mortality and culls
iii. Weekly inventory tracking
- GDU Snapshot
i. Boar exposure management
ii. Heat detection
- HNS row management.
- Understanding breed eligible targets.
1. Depending on layout/size of farm — may cross over time/labor in gestation barn or other areas of the farm.