The average feed conversion in Dutch fattening pigs increased by 0.02 to 2.93 in 2006, in comparison to 2005.
As a consequence of this – in combination with higher costs for raw materials – total feed costs increased with €0.03 to €0.47 per kilogramme growth, according to prelimary data from Dutch feed company ForFarmers and software company Agrovision.
ForFarmers say the increase in both feed conversion and feed costs are mainly due to the ban on antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs), which came info effect in January 1st 2006.
In spite of these figures, technical results were better in 2006, when compared to the year before. Meat percentage increased from 56.3 to 56.5%. Furthermore, the mortality rate in fattening pigs decreased from 3.0 to 2.8%.
Liveweight of fattening pigs increased by half a kilogramme to 116.1. Slaughterweight increased with 0.3 kilogramme to 90.3. Farrowing weight decreased with 0.2 kilogramme to 25.3.
However, the growth rate of the fattening pigs decreased by 2 grammes to 772 grammes per day.
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