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Management and nutritional strategies to address the challenges of low profitability

By Australian Pork - Piggeries in Australia are regularly faced with ‘hard times’ and it is important to realise that there are no magic savings to be made. Most farms have areas of significant compromise (for convenience or time saving) and it is therefore paramount to regularly review on-farm practices to ensure that the right thing is done at the right time.
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To assist producers in this process a number of simple and effective management and nutritional strategies are detailed in this technical note.

It is also strongly recommended that you seek professional advice before undertaking major changes to your production system so that performance/profitability is not sacrificed unnecessarily.

Part A of the Technical Note provide advices management strategies that can be used in a number of areas including:

  1. Simple rules for managing the whole piggery
  2. Production strategies
  3. Herd management
  4. Gilt management
  5. Farrow management
  6. Growing herd management
  7. Marketing
Part B addresses nutritional strategies:
  1. The nature of the challenge
  2. The effect of productivity and efficiency on profitability
  3. Ways to reduce feed costs
  4. Maximising efficiency
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If you would like to receive a copy of this technical note please contact APL on 1800 789 099 or email

Source: Australian Pork - January 2003
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