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Advice on Expected Pork Shortage

17 September 2012, at 8:38am

UK - The world’s pig farmers are warning of a shortage of bacon and pork next year because pig-feed has become unaffordable following disastrous growing and harvesting weather. Governments are becoming increasingly concerned.

BPEX 2TS provides its feed crisis advice:

Do Not

  • Be tempted to scrimp on feed quantity or quality
  • Cut back on vaccination programmes to save cost
  • Keep pigs back and cause stocking density problems or shortage of feed/drinker space
  • Stop buying gilts in

Do

  • Keep the culling rate up to maintain an efficient herd
  • Consider reducing slaughter weight to reduce cost of production through enhanced feed conversion ratio
  • Speak to your nutritionist to ensure optimal diet specifications and feeding strategies
  • Consider bulk buying feed to reduce load costs
  • Consider feeding co-products BUT speak to a nutritionist first
  • Look for wastage areas - are hoppers/feeders set correctly to reduce feed loss through the slats
  • Check feed storage - are bags being left where rodents can access it?
  • Clean feed bins to avoid mould and the feed becoming unusable
  • Use our simple feed cost calculator and guide
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