BPEX blog

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

More profit from finishers? Producers decide how…

 The 2TS Finisher Challenge is prompting pig producers to review performance records and set targets for improvements – to achieve full potential and profitability from their finishing herds.  Producers can either actively implement new strategies to improve performance or they might decide not to change anything and simply monitor what happens – it’s up to each producer.

All it takes to enter is to provide a set of data from anytime between 1 January 2012 and now, then another set on 31 September 2012.

Even if they’re not using an electronic recording system, there are some simple ways of calculating the three key performance indicators:

Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR):
Estimate this using the amount of feed purchased in relation to the number of live weight kilograms sold. 

Average Daily Gain (ADG)
Weigh all pigs at every stage or, alternatively, select a room, a litter or 10-20 random pigs of various sizes to weigh just a sample of pigs at each stage. 

Count the number of pigs when they enter a room/building and then keep a record of how many go into the hospital pens, are streamed off, sold or die.

For more details, go to www.bpex.org.uk/2ts/finishing or just contact a knowledge transfer manager to get involved.
Feel free to submit your comments below if you’re trying anything new or have any questions. 

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