The events identified key aspects of pig management from breeding through to finishing where changes can be made to improve output. It requires a combination of a number of things; there’s no silver bullet.
The presentations and on-farm video footage offer plenty of practical take-home messages for people who work with the pigs day to day.
In the breeding herd, the speakers covered what makes the biggest difference to weaned pig quality and how to manage the small pig at weaning.
The ‘growth challenge’ in the finishing herd was also addressed and the programme concluded with a discussion of the costs per kg of pig meat produced and the importance of routine data collection and analysis.