BPEX blog

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Pig industry feed crisis updates


BPEX has created a special feed crisis centre with updates and advice for pig producers including latest price information, cost calculators and practical advice on maintaining efficiency and reducing feed waste on the farm.

Feed costs have again spiked due to global weather patterns and pig producers are facing large losses as the price they are paid is well below the cost of production. Latest estimated figures show it currently costs around 170p per kg to raise a pig, but at present producers are being paid just 150p per kg – an unsustainable position.

It’s important producers are not tempted to scrimp on feed quantity or quality. They should speak to their nutritionist to ensure they are using optimal diet specifications and feeding strategies.

Simple things to do on a day-to-day basis are make sure feed is not being wasted are to check that hoppers and feeders are set correctly to reduce feed loss through slatted floors.

It’s also worth considering reducing pig slaughter weight, to reduce cost of production through enhanced feed conversion ratio. 

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