UK pigs: feed conversion could improve
The UK pig industry could save over Â£40 million (€59
million) per year by making a small improvement to feed conversion, according to
Stephen Curtis, who was speaking at an ACMC conference in
"Increased costs, mainly on the back of higher world energy prices, are going
to hit our industry hard, whether we like it or not," he
Having suffered a number of problems,
such as disease and poor prices, over the last ten years the pig industry was
urged to further reduce costs. Improved genetics could go a long way to reducing
costs. An improvement in feed conversion of 0.1 was worth Â£1.65 (€2.43) on an 80
kg deadweight pig, according to Curtis.
In the last five years, ACMC
had improved output by 0.8 pigs per litter, reduced feed conversion by 0.16, and
improved daily gain by 60 kg and lean meat by
The improvement in
growth, feed conversion and lean were worth, respectively Â£4.29 (€6.31) per pig,
Â£3.13 (€4.61) per pig and Â£0.58 (€0.85) per pig, while the extra pigs produced
reduced the cost per sow by Â£88 (€130).
"Putting this all together and assuming 22 pigs
reared per sow per year, the total value of this improvement amounts to Â£264
(€389) per sow per year" he addressed.
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