New herd model evaluates change/cost implications

UK - Changing one thing on a pig unit can have unexpected consequences in other areas, but now the British Pig Executive (BPEX)has a Breeding Herd Calculator that can help producers evaluate the effects of management changes on productivity and financial performance.
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The new calculator, developed by Dr Pinder Gill, BPEX Pig Technical Manager, allows producers to estimate the effects of changes in sow productivity, feed and other costs on the net margin per weaner pig sold on for growing and finishing. It complements the BPEX Feeding Herd Calculator, that was launched last month.

At times of high feed costs the calculator is an invaluable tool, which can be used to estimate reductions in losses through improved sow productivity and lower costs.

"This is an important tool which can help producers make management decisions about their unit .It gives them an idea of what will happen when changes are made and will help the producer, in conjunction with advisors, find the best way forward taking into account market and other conditions," said Dr Gill.

Click here to access the Breeding Herd Calculator.

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