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Finishing Performance Closes Gap

by 5m Editor
19 November 2013, at 7:08am

UK - Latest figures show the performance of the finishing herd in Britain is still improving and we have closed the gap on our competitors with regard to finishing performance.

The latest report from BPEX on the Cost of Production in Selected Countries also shows the UK is ranked fifth in terms of daily liveweight gain, ahead of the Netherlands, France and Germany.

In terms of the feed conversion ratio the UK is still running a little behind the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark.

The report, which covers the year 2012, has now been published and includes figures from much of Europe together with Canada, Brazil and the US.

BPEX head of knowledge transfer Andrew Knowles said: “Breeding is still the area of greatest opportunity.

“If we were to improve the average breeding herd performance to match the EU average, it would improve the cost of production by 5p per kg. That means taking pigs weaned per sow per year from 22.8 to 25.41.”

The report, along with those from previous years, is available to download by clicking here.