Pig Yearbook shows farms outperformed

UK - British pigs have performed better but the herd has shrunk by 7.2% over the past 12 months, according to the newly-published Pig Yearbook.
calendar icon 24 May 2006
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But the Meat and Livestock Commission, which compiles the data, also found a number of encouraging factors.

These include an increase in pigs weaned/sow/year, and reductions in grower/finisher mortality.

Carcass weights have also increased to an average of 75.1kg delivering an additional 87kg of meat sold per sow/year.

Growth efficiency rates are also rising and the Feed Conversion Ratio has improved in growing and finishing herds.

MLC forecasts for the remainder of 2006 indicate continuing improvements in performance with more pigs weaned per sow/year.

Source: FWi

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