Managing Variation to Achieve Uniformity in Pig Production

Many packers utilize payment methods that require producers to ship pigs that meet certain targets in order to maximize income from their pigs. These targets are largely centered around slaughter weight and lean yield. If a pigs weight is too light it is discounted. If a pig is too fat it is discounted. In order to receive the most money for a group of pigs the producer wants the largest number of pigs (ideally all of them) to fall within the "sweet spot" where there are no discounts and possibly some premiums, writes Nick Boddicker, PhD, Genesus Inc.
calendar icon 13 May 2016
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