24 Oct 2011, 09:23 AM
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A healthy pig can earn an extra £1 per pig because it is much more efficient at converting feed for growth than a disease-challenged one. This was a key point from nutritionist Paul Toplis at the 2TS Focus on Health conferences. Feed intake is key to growth so, even when there is a herd health problem, producers can make just as much difference as the vet and nutritionist by reducing all other stressors.
Paul was one of five speakers from the UK, US and Denmark and there was some good discussion with producers about the practical steps they can take on farm and about how the UK pig industry can shift towards a more collaborative approach to combat disease for the long-term.
View all the speakers' presentations and see pictures of the events here.
By AHDBPork at 24 Oct 2011, 09:23 AM