Liquid feeding can reduce pig costs
Liquid feeding has the potential to bring major
savings in the cost of production for British pig
Results from a trial funded by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and Defra
show costs of production could be cut by as much as 9p per kg deadweight by
using co-products in liquid feeding.
The multi-disciplinary trial, managed by the Meat and Livestock
Commission, studied just over 1,000 pigs, at the Stotfold Pig development Unit,
from 35kg to slaughter weight averaging 102kg. The trial compared straw-based
and fully slatted systems and used both single diet and phase feeding.
The liquid feed was formulated using
co-products along with cereals and ingredients including soya meal and rapeseed
meal. Single feeding showed a growth rate was 886 grams per day while phase
feeding returned 860 grams per day, both comparing favourably with the first
trial where dry feeding was compared with liquid in which no co-products were
used. Here growth rates were just under 800 grams a day.
Potential from co-products
MLC pig technical manager Dr
Pinder Gill said: "This trial shows the tremendous potential benefits from using
co-products and liquid feeding." This would be a big help in realising a
dramatic cut in the costs of production coupled with an improvement in
efficiency. "This is very important for achieving our aim of improving the
competitiveness of the British pig industry."
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