Pig Challenges



Feed Costs and Efficiency

Feed represents the largest single cost on any pig unit. Efficient conversion of either grown or purchased feed nutrients directly affects the profitability of your operation. Good feed efficiency can not only be of economic importance but is also a good indicator of nutritional management on your farm.

With rising feed costs, we are charged with producing more with less resources and this is passed on to our pigs. Efficient digestion and uptake of nutrients is key to ensuring pigs get the most out of each diet, regardless of formulation. This is particularly important where poorer quality raw materials or by-products are used. Such materials are used as replacements to reduce overall feed costs, however, the long term costs can greatly outweigh the benefits.

When reviewing where savings can be made, look at how you can reduce energy and phosphorus levels by increasing the digestibility of the diet. By doing this, you can ensure more nutrients are available for bird growth, which leads to improved efficiency.

Pig Challenges