Wider Adoption of Technology Reduces Costs, Improves Value

CANADA - The CEO of Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement suggests, as new technologies designed to help Canadian pork producers maintain their completive edge become more widely adopted, their costs will come down while the benefits they provide will increase, Bruce Cochrane reports.
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The Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, in partnership with Swine Innovation Porc, is looking at the use of novel technologies to optimize pig performance and thereby improve the competitiveness of the Canadian pork industry.

Brian Sullivan, the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, says we need very efficient sows, efficient growing hogs with good yielding carcasses and technologies to maintain a leading edge in terms of efficiency.

Brian Sullivan-Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement

Like with all technologies, the costs generally start out very high at the research level and early adoption level but these prices are coming down faster and faster.

Technological development, the pace of that is picking up.

The other thing that's happening is operations are getting larger.

If you have a technology that can be used on more and more animals then the cost per unit of output of pork or piglet starts to come down very rapidly.

There's those two things that are very positive in terms of lowering the cost.

The other side of it is that we're able to do more and more with the information that technologies can gather.

In other words there's more value that could be potentially coming out of the technology.

Mr Sullivan says Canada has always been a leader in the development and adoption of technologies and it's one of the reasons Canada's pork industry is among the leaders in pork production globally.

He says Canadian pork producers have to stay ahead of the curve on technology to survive and to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.

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