What is the cost of a dead sow?

calendar icon 24 August 2021
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The cost of a dead sow is, on average, between $996 USD per sow and $1275 USD per sow. If we use the midpoint of approximately $1125 USD per sow, we can calculate the following:

  1. 2500 sow unit weaning 25 pigs per sow = 62,500 pigs per year
  2. 5% increase in sow mortality = 125 sows x $1125 USD per sow = $140,625
  3. Cost per pig = $140,625/62,500 pigs = $2.25 per pig weaned additional cost*

*This does NOT include the higher replacement rate or the zero value sows that the industry is experiencing.

Data from 41 Genesus customers for average sow mortality for calendar 2020 was 4.36%. A huge difference from our competitors. The reality is if you have high sow morality it’s not your management it’s your Genetics. Dead sows don’t produce pigs.

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