Pig finishing performance closes a gap

Pig finishing performance closes a gap

BPEX says the latest figures show the performance of the finishing herd in Britain is still improving and it has closed the gap on its competitors with regard to finishing performance.

The latest report from BPEX on the Cost of Production in Selected Countries also shows we are ranked fifth in terms of daily liveweight gain, ahead of the Netherlands, France and Germany.

In terms of the feed conversion ratio we are still running a little behind the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark.

The report, which covers the year 2012, has now been published and includes figures from much of Europe together with Canada, Brazil and the US.

BPEX head of knowledge transfer Andrew Knowles said: “Breeding is still the area of greatest opportunity.If we were to improve the average breeding herd performance to match the EU average, it would improve the cost of production by 5p per kg. That means taking pigs weaned per sow per year from 22.8 to 25.41.”

The report, along with those from previous years, is available to download here.

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