Changing one thing on a pig unit can have unexpected results
in other areas but now a Breeding Herd Calculator has been
developed by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) to help tackle
It will complement the Feeding Herd Calculator launched
on the BPEX website a few weeks ago.
It 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.
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.
The calculator was developed by Dr Pinder Gill, BPEX Pig
Technical Manager who said: "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."
Members of the BPEX Knowledge Transfer Team are also available
to help and they can be contacted via the BPEX website,
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